October 25, 1881: Birthdate of Pablo Picasso. Picasso befriended the Italian-Jewish painter Amedeo Modigliani. He posed for a portrait by Modigliani and tried to help him be a commercial success. According to a 2004 film featuring the relationship between these two artistic giants, Picasso painted a portrait of Modigliani. Picasso reportedly uttered Modigliani’s name on his death bed.
I submit for your enjoyment and reflection two philatelic artifacts: a 1973 souvenir sheet from Antigua and Barbuda honoring a 1953 Picasso painting entitled, “Woman with a Dog” and a 1970 stamp from Monaco showing a 1920 Modigliani painting titled, “Portrait de Dédie”.