—a bouquet of red flowers with a card reading “Congratulations”

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The photograph could be described as a portrait of two men: the man standing next to his illustration, and the man depicted therein.

—One has a pen in his breast pocket
—The other is made of stone
—One is tight in the face, reserved—as stony as the other

Who modeled whom?  Gertrude Stein, as she aged, came to resemble Picasso’s portrait; perhaps in this photograph, the artist is becoming his object.