Carlos Casagemas

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Pablo Picasso, La Vie 1903, Cleveland Museum of Art. From 1901 to 1903, during his Blue Period Picasso painted several posthumous portraits of his friend Casagemas, culminating in the gloomy allegorical painting La Vie.[1]

Carles Casagemas i Coll (Carlos Casagemas in Spanish) (September 27, 1880 in Barcelona – 17 February 1901 in Paris, France) was a Catalan Spanish art student, painter and poet, best known for his friendship with Pablo Picasso. Picasso and Casagemas first met at the Barcelona café Els Quatre Gats. He is considered one of the most enigmatic art personalities of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, because of the little information known about him. In 1901, the two friends moved from Barcelona to Paris. Casagemas died by suicide shooting himself in the head because of an unrequited love for Germaine Pichot.[2] Pichot was later one of the models depicted in Picasso's Les Demoiselles d'Avignon.[3]

In popular culture[edit]

Robert Sheehan portrayed Casagemas in the 2018 season of the television series Genius, which focuses on the life and career of Pablo Picasso.


  1. ^ Wattenmaker, Richard J.; Distel, Anne, et al. (1993). Great French Paintings from the Barnes Foundation. New York: Alfred A. Knopf. ISBN 0-679-40963-7 p. 304.
  2. ^ The Guardian, Jonathan Jones, The Three Dancers, Pablo Picasso (1925)
  3. ^ Tully, Judd (November 16, 1989). "$40.7 Million For Picasso Work;$269 Million Sale at Sotheby's". The Washington Post. via HighBeam Research. Archived from the original on March 29, 2015. Retrieved 9 May 2012. (subscription required)

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