Upon my first time seeing Picasso’s Portrait of Igor Stravinsky, I was struck by how well Picasso seemed to capture the essence of the subject he was depicting. Although in the policy of full disclosure, I do not know much about Stravinsky’s personality, Picasso’s portraits depicts a man who feels a little larger than life, which is most likely due to the kind of cartoonish manner the portrait is created in, but also displays a sense of quiet thoughtfulness. This portrait was done during Picasso’s surrealist phase, and the very strange proportions (large hands smaller face etc.) seem suggestive of this. I really like portraits, as they seem to be a really interesting mix of both subjective as well as objective art. I really liked that I was able to guess what kind of man Stravinsky might have been, based on Picasso’s rendering of him. As I continue to look at it, I begin to notice the finer details of it, such as the way his cuff link look vaguely like the details of a musical instrument, which I know is a really big component of Stravinsky’s life. I really like this idea of fusing an artist with their work. There is also something special about an artist portraying another artist, as it suggest a very special kind of kinship. This portrait doesn’t really seem like the rest of Picasso’s works, whichis part of the reason it stood out to me. I think I like the look of line drawing, which is why I think I find this portrait so appealing.