—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

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