The cap


I don’t know about you, but I’m a big fan of Pablo Picasso. This little painting of Paloma was made in Vallauris (Golfe-Juan) on April 15, 1952 -four days before her 3rd birthday.

Q: Why this… here at SkopelosArts?
A: The painting is up for grabs on the evening of May 9 at a Sotheby’s Auction in New York. So contact your bank or syndicate or whatever and get ready to bid.

According to the experts, you can expect to pay between $4,000,000 to $6,000,000 for this quickly painted work. Only 65 by 54 cm it is painted in oil in simple black and white. It contains many of the familiar visual elements with which Picasso played or manipulated over his long career. Painting purely for his own amusement, one a can assume that Paloma, being in her late 2s, was a willing model only briefly. By the time she found something else to do on her dad had all the “information” he needed and could merrily paint away until he and the painting agreed that the game was over.

Enough theory and speculation and adulation.

One of the elements that I wonder about is Paloma’s cap as presented by Picasso. Naturally, it is possible that she wasn’t wearing one and the cap is an invention. Or she was wearing something else. I assume that the cap was either a “baseball cap” or some other type of “billed” head wear. I looked up children’s fashions from the early fifties and came up with the following examples – by I lean towards the “baseball cap”… but in France in the early 1950s? What’s up with that?
(images enlarge as a slideshow)


2 thoughts on “The cap

  1. Thanks – just make sure that you have at least $6 million on hand (Sotheby’s likes escrow) and that your proxy in New York (if you won’t be on hand personally) has your clear instructions and full confidence.

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