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Head of Rembrandt and Heads of Three Girls, 27 January 1934

Pablo Picasso
Spanish, 1881 - 1973
drypoint, lavis, and scraper on Montval laid paper
33.8 x 44.5 cm; plate: 13.9 x 20.9 cm
Purchased 1957
National Gallery of Canada (no. 7246)

Imagine, I made a portrait of Rembrandt. It was another case of the cracking varnish. I had an accident with a plate and said to myself, it's ruined so I'll do any old thing on it. I began to scribble and it turned into Rembrandt. I liked it, so I continued. I then even made a second, with his turban, his fur, and his eyes, those elephant eyes you know them. Now I'm working this plate further to try to get blacks like his; you don't get that at one sitting. "Huit entretiens avec Picasso," Le Point 42, October 1952

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