A fine-art reproduction of Picasso's famous portrait of literary giant Gertrude Stein. Along with her brother, Leo Stein, Gertrude was among the first Americans to become involved with the artistic revolution in Europe. The weekly salons she held in her Paris apartment became a magnet for European and American artists and writers alike, and her support of Matisse, Braque, Gris, and Picasso was evident in her many acquisitions of their work. For Picasso, this early patronage and friendship was of major importance. Picasso's portrait of the expatriate writer was begun in 1905, at the end of his Harlequin Period and before he took up Cubism. Stein is shown seated in a large armchair, wearing her favorite brown velvet coat and skirt. Her impressive demeanor and massive body are aptly suggested by the monumental depiction. When someone commented that Stein did not look like her portrait, Picasso replied, "She will." Custom carved frame.