His first specialty in that year is the portrait of the characters of Barcelona's bohemian life inspired by the caricatures by Casas. Keen for the expansion of his themes, he also makes his hands to genre and bullfighting scenes.
He agreed to make the illustration of a macabre short novel for a local magazine. La Boija is a small drawing showing the half-length portrait of a woman. She has the psychological distress of the mad women by Géricault in a solitude staging worthy of Munch.
Picasso did not need to study these two masters to design this strong composition : his young skill was already enough. Undoubtedly, this theme executed on order revived in him the trauma of the death of his younger sister Conchita in 1895.
This drawing 14 x 10 cm in ink, wash, gouache and pastel signed P Ruiz Picasso is estimated € 300K, for sale by Christie's in Paris on March 25, lot 10.
In 1901, the suicide of Casagemas spurned by a dancing girl of the Moulin Rouge is a new trauma which pushes Pablo into his blue period, in a style of a very high originality and expressiveness for which La Boija had been a precursor. Ruiz is a very common name in Spain: he is now 'Picasso', simply.