From Non-Finito to cubism
From Non-Finito to cubism

Pablo Picasso
Portrait de Pablo Picasso dans l'atelier de sculpteur Ignacio Pinazo ,Martinez au Bateau-Lavoir, Paris en 1908
Paris, musée national Picasso - Paris
Photo © RMN-Grand Palais (Musée national Picasso-Paris) / Adrien Didierjean

In 1902, while he was living in Barcelona, Picasso turned to his friend the sculptor Emili Fontbona (b. 1879; d. 1938) to introduce him to clay modeling. The first sculptures Picasso made were small-sized and clearly in the non-finito style (i.e., intentionally unfinished in appearance) of Auguste Rodin. Once he was settled in Paris, Picasso continued to create clay sculptures and wood carvings. The angular forms of the latter show the influence of primitive art and herald the later geometrization of his work. In Paris, Picasso also frequented artists, such Francisco Durrio or Manolo Hugué, in whose studio he modeled the clay and then fired Head of a Woman (Fernande) (fall 1909), considered to be one of his first cubist sculptures.

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