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On the occasion of the commemoration of the fiftieth anniversary of Pablo Ruiz Picasso, the National Mint and Stamp Factory dedicates a collection of commemorative coins to the Spanish painter, the inimitable creator of the various currents that revolutionized the visual arts of the 20th century.

On the reverse is a reproduction of the work titled "The Wait (Margot)", made by Pablo Picasso in 1901, which is kept in the Picasso Museum in Barcelona.

On the obverse a detail of the Portrait of Pablo Picasso in a white sweater in his studio Le Fournas, Vallauris, taken by the photographer Edward Quinn in 1953, is reproduced.

Information about the Coin
Shape Square  
Series Picasso Fiftieth Anniversary  
Year 2023  
Colour Yes  
Quality Proof  
Face Value (Euro) 10
Size (mm) 36 X 36  
Alloy (‰) 999  
Metal Silver  
Weight (g) 31.41  
Maximum Mintage (units) 10,000  


In 1901, Picasso traveled to Paris for the second time. With the help of the critic Gustave Coquiot, the Catalan dealer based in the French capital Pere Mañach convinced the gallery owner Ambroise Vollard—one of the most prominent of the late 19th and early 20th centuries—to organize an exhibition of the young artist that summer. . In the exhibition, which was held jointly with Francisco Iturrino in June, Picasso presented sixty-four paintings and some drawings, most inspired by Parisian life. Palau i Fabre and Pierre Daix, among others, agree that "The Wait" is, almost certainly, the work that, under the title "La morfinómana", appears at number 9 in the catalog of that exhibition.

The identity of the young woman portrayed is unknown; According to Picasso's own testimony, she was a woman he saw in a cafe but who did not arouse any particular interest in him. In the night, its spaces and the characters that inhabited them, the artist found a reason for fascination and a theme from which to experience the different languages of the avant-garde movements, with which he had already come into contact during his first stay in Paris in 1900. On the other hand, the glassy and lost gaze of the protagonist of this oil painting suggests addiction to morphine, a theme that finds precedent in works by artists such as Rusiñol, Anglada Camarasa or Van Dongen.

Technically, Picasso experiments with a language close to the divisionism of Seurat and Signac, and also close to Van Gogh's compositions created from thick, short and dynamic brushstrokes of color, sometimes outlined in black. Regarding the chromatic treatment, the artist anticipates solutions that Fauvism would later develop. The use of bright colors, in this case red, dominates the composition and highlights both the figure and the face as well as the background. This type of chromaticism and technique are repeated in "La nana" (MPB 4.274), a work from the same year and also belonging to the museum's collection.