But it turns out that the museum was keeping some of his works under wraps. Such as this Cubist fragment of a man who is all eyes and penis.
During his Blue Period (1901-1904), when he fell into a deep depression after the death of his friend Carlos Casagemas, Picasso consoled himself with a number of nude images.
He was in a cheerier mood during his Rose Period (1904-1906), when he was living in Paris. He continued to produce male nudes, but specialized in adolescents, such as Boy Leading a Horse.
Picasso was very prolific during his long life, producing thousands of paintings and drawings. But, except for a few adolescent boys, his male portraits are often censored, left out of books, not displayed in museums, to give us the impression that he only ever used female models, and perhaps to erase the awareness of same-sex desire from the world.
We know that he was nonchalant about gay identity. He had many gay friends, including Gertrudge Stein and Alice B. Toklas, Sergei Diaghilev, Jean Cocteau, art dealer Paul Rosenberg, and collector John Richardson. He enjoyed surrounding himself with gay men, if only because they adored him for reasons other than his art.