David Hockney's etching grew out of an invitation to participate in a portfolio dedicated to Pablo Picasso, who died in 1973, and reflects his admiration for this father of cubism. Probably basing his rendering of Picasso on a photograph by French photographer Robert Doisneau, Hockney casts himself in an intimate tête à tête with his hero. Although fictional-the two artists were not personally acquainted-the scenario captured an important intersection between them, for Hockney created the print with Aldo Crommelynck, who had long produced prints with Picasso. Hockney's careful observation of Picasso's methods raises the question of just who is the "artist" and who is the "model" referred to in the work's title. Although Hockney's nudity suggests his role as model, it is the elder artist who serves as a subject and muse for the younger.