A very rare painting is part of the catalog for Swedish auction house Stockholms Auktionsverk's Modern Art & Design auction next week. Painted by Pablo Picasso when he was only 18 years old, Portrait d'homme, Dionís Renart, has an estimate of $1.1M - $1.4M (8M – 10M SEK). It depicts a man dressed as a dandy and is signed P. Ruiz. P.

The identity of the man in the portrait was only recently discovered to be his friend and fellow artist Dionís Renart i Garcia. A sculptor and an astronomer, Garcia was one of Picasso's contemporaries in Barcelona.

PABLO PICASSO. Portrait d'homme, Dionís Renart, 1899. Estimated at $1,100,000 - $1,400,000. Stockholms Auktionsverk PABLO PICASSO. Portrait d'homme, Dionís Renart, 1899. Estimated at $1,100,000 - $1,400,000. Stockholms Auktionsverk

 

Picasso gifted the portrait to Garcia soon after it was executed and it didn't appear on the market until the sculptor's estate sale in 1951. In 1962 it was acquired by a Swedish collector, that same year it was also verified by Picasso himself, who attached a note stating that it was one of his works. The painting has remained in the private collection until now, and this will be the first time that it goes up for auction.

 

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