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Pablo Picasso ~ Paul as a Harlequin (1924)


Pablo Picasso
Paul as a Harlequin (1924)
Oil on canvas
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Paul (Paulo) was Picasso's first child, born in February 1921. He died a couple of years after his father. He had married Olga in 1918 at the Russian Orthodox Cathedral at the Rue Daru. Jean Cocteau and Max Jacob were witnesses to the marriage. What witnesses to have.

Like other family portraits, notably that of his wife Olga, Picasso adopted a meticulous representational technique: we are left in no doubt who the child was. But, and its classic Picasso, this isn't a straightforward exercise in capturing a likeness in a particular place and time; rather he has deliberately left large areas of the canvas sketchy or unpainted. It's a subversive technique which turns are viewing of the picture on its head. This isn't naturalistic for naturalistic sake but an example of what the artist held dear: the work of art is not a copy of reality but an addition to it. Reality doesn't control the painting - it has a life of its own with its own inner laws.

Paul as a Harlequin was one of a series of canvases in which Picasso portrayed the little boy. You will find him often in fancy dress, as a pierrot or a bullfighter...A more detailed description & text in the book: Life and Works of Picasso

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Pablo Picasso Important Paintings: Paul as a Harlequin (1924) >> 50 Most Representative Paintings ~ Index

Pablo Picasso Gallery: Paintings In Date Order >> (1893 - 1902) >> (1903 - 20) >> (1921 - 40) >> (1941 -73) >> 50 Most Representative Paintings

Pablo Picasso Texts: Biography >> Life Of Picasso >> Biog. II

Pablo Picasso Links: Picasso & Cocteau >> Le Testament d'Orphee >> Books >> Cards >> Prints >> Picasso Prints, Books and Dvds available @ amazon.com >> Search Site >> Picasso signed items, exhibition posters, ltd edn prints @ ebay.com (direct link to signed items) - just checked and a bigger selection than I have seen anywhere else

Highest & Essential Picasso Recommendations: Ikea Olunda Review/Image >> Buy >> The Dog Art Print Review/Image >> The Owl Print Review/Image >> Picasso The Camel Art Print Review/Image >> Picasso Femme Art Print Review/Image >> Picasso The Dance of Youth Art Print Review/Image >> Picasso Petite Fleurs Art Print Review/Image >> Picasso Sleeping Woman Art Print Review/Image >> Picasso Sleeping Art Print Review/Image >> Picasso Drawing Art Print Review/Image >> Picasso Dove of Peace Art Print Review/Image >> Picasso Dove of Peace II Art Print Review/Image >> Picasso Don Quixote, c.1955 Art Print Review/Image >> Picasso Trois Danseuses, c.1924 Art Print Review/Image

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