AN UNPRECEDENTED OPPORTUNITY
Owning the The Head of a Bearded Man (Tête d’Homme Barbu V) is an indulgence and a privilege.
Text: Jessica Hall
With its bold colors and jarring simplicity, Tête d’Homme Barbu V embodies the compelling portraits that dominated his late career. It is part of an important series of bearded men portraits that the artist composed. Highly modern and expressionistic, the piece is a visual representation of Picasso’s burst of creative energy in the last years of his life. Numbered V, it is one of six similar canvasses that he created over a period of two days in April 1965. The masterpiece is accompanied by a letter of authentication from Claude Ruiz Picasso on behalf of the family and the Picasso Authentication group.