Portrait of Angel FernŠndez de Soto
is a study of a young Spanish artist sitting in a bar, shrouded in tobacco smoke from a pipe, with a glass of absinthe in front of him. The young man, FernŠndez de Soto, was Picasso's
friend and was usually referred to as an "amusing wastrel", as he enjoyed drinking and partying. Picasso met FernŠndez de Soto in 1899 and they twice shared studios in Barcelona. The portrait gives an insight into the life of
Picasso and his circle of friends, and Picasso immortalized FernŠndez de Soto in several of his paintings.
Picasso's major influences at time of this painting were was the Spanish Old Masters El Greco and Francisco Goya, whose works he had seen in the Prado.
The painting was sold for £34,761,250 in Christie's auction in London in 23 May 2010, and marks the 2nd highest price for a work of art sold by Christie's in Britain.