In keeping with the self-portrait that he drew for Desire Caught by the Tail (1941), I hope to draw Picasso’s portrait through his writings. Recounting his memories of childhood in Malaga, his deep roots in Spanish culture (flamenco, bullfighting and food), his lovers, his status as an “artist-painter”, and as a writer and poet too.
Besides their literary quality and their close relationship with painting, his poetic writings are, as André Breton had clearly seen, a veritable “intimate diary” in which, in the form of semi-automatic writing, Picasso bares all and reveals the profound, complex nature of his personality and his multiple identities. To show: “what only Indian ink doesn’t hide”. (18.1935)