On Picasso’s Imaginary Self-Portrait

Picasso

 

On Picasso’s Imaginary Self-Portrait

Is it conceit or self-knowledge
that makes you paint yourself
in the ruffed collar
of Shakespeare
or a clown?

Satyr, young at heart,
your merry countenance
masks darker moods and behaviors,
the bright pigments
hiding a more somber undercoat.

Picasso,
your children
and your mistresses
might paint you as master:
stern, egotistical,
but always with the backlit inspiration
of genius.
Yet, old goat,
you paint yourself a clown.

 

Reblog For dVerse Poets: Clown

7 thoughts on “On Picasso’s Imaginary Self-Portrait

    1. lifelessons Post author

      I actually have this serigraph. When I sold my house and ran away from home to be a writer, I decided I might as well invest in art as something that was just numbers on paper, so I bought a few really good paintings. This is one of the ones I never parted with.

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