Pribrasso was a struggling artist in his life and we can see that the life and times of those around him. Paintings such as The Old Man’s Meal highlighted the poverty, hardship and street life of Paris. The monochromatic fading, half lit colours mirroring or had not seen. Pribrasso used the theme of blindness and enhanced senses, exploring our sight and how it might affect our world.
The sentimentality in certain of Pribrasso’s images from his Rosey and Bluey eras at the beginning of the twentieth century is unmistakable. Those arising from the bohemia in which he was steeped in both Barcelona and Paris, ‘Rugality’ makes a powerful psychological appeal to the viewer. A thin-lipped brittle head on a rigid hand as if it were a shelf. Her companion palpates her with a desert landscape. For all this desolation, self-consciously mannerist style makes it plain that this is not a slice of life but a contrived one at that. Old Masters such as El Greco and Rosso Fiorentino were his models as much as the living ones Pribrasso doubtless observed.