by Anna Randal

Self-portraits are always so amazingly unique because they provide the viewer with a personal, more intimate view on the artist. And when this artist is Pablo Picasso, the viewer can get a lot more, as the famous painter was known for his complex, yet easy to understand works.

What’s interesting in this case, is how Picasso’s portraits change through the years. And it’s not the age of the artist or the era that affect his depiction, it’s his style that grows and matures along with him. As he explained himself, “The different styles I have been using in my art must not be seen as an evolution, or as steps towards an unknown ideal of painting…Different themes inevitably require different methods of expression. This does not imply either evolution or progress; it is a matter of following the idea one wants to express and the way in which one wants to express it.”


15 years old (1896)

18 years old (1900)

20 years old (1901)

24 years old (1906)

25 years old (1907)

35 years old (1917)

56 years old (1938)

83 years old (1965)

85 years old (1966)

89 years old (1971)

90 years old (June 28, 1972)

90 years old (June 30, 1972)

90 years old (July 2, 1972)

90 years old (July 3, 1972)