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The man who became Picasso

A new exhibition looks at an early period in the great artist's career

By Luke Neima  

The Courtauld Gallery’s new exhibition, “Becoming Picasso,” contains two self-portraits of Picasso, both from the year 1901, both entitled Yo. The first was the standout work at the artist’s debut exhibition with the dealer Ambroise Vollard: an audacious, bright figure on a dark background, a variegated palette in one hand resembling the moving cape of a bullfighter. The second is of a jaundiced head, hanging over a few jagged lines that indicate…

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