Dressing With...Picasso

Garcon a la Pipe, Pablo Picasso, 1905, rose period
Pablo Picasso while one of the most well known artists of the 20th century, is mostly known for his work in cubism. His paintings of women with distorted faces, breasts askew and eyes that endearingly remain piercing, it is clear that Picasso certainly saw things differently. In cubism, the subject is painted (or sculpted) with the use of shapes - often on top and within each other, nearly to the point of the subject becoming secondary and non-objective. In short, seeing objects in simple shapes.

However before there was cubism, there was Picasso and his rose period. Garcon a la Pipe was painted during this time, and the artist was finally coming out of the monochromatic melancholy fog of his blue period. Personally in my opinion, this painting falls somewhere between the two periods: The rosy pink and fleshy hues are quieted by young boys face, the blue breaks up the muddled hues adding visual interest.

While it is his nose that is highlighted, I find my attention often returning to his lips and eyes - is he puckering? Just...ever so slightly? Has he stolen his father's pipe, and is now full with a sudden sense of manhood? Perhaps that is why he sits the way he does: he's thought up some silly, slightly crude things to say the girls who pass by. Only...he isn't quite the man he thinks is, is he? He is awkward with the pipe, and is unsure how to hold it. Rather, could it be a moment of uncertainty that we are witnessing? His blue figure takes up much of the painting - almost half. So then, how is it that the floral wreath around his head - so similar to the background color - and lock of loose wisp of hair quickly becomes the most polarizing objects in the frame?


5 comments

Jennifer Fabulous said...

LOVE this post. I know this sounds really, really corny (and I apologize in advance) but you make learning FUN! :P I never took an art history class in college and reading this post makes me regret it because there is so much mystique and hidden meaning and history inside famous artwork. It's incredible.

I love your rendition of this painting as well. It's haunting. xoxo

Jill said...

cool i like how you redid it in your own way!! :)

Carolina said...

great ppost!!! :) i love how creative you are! many +vibes going your way

E said...

These are the types of things I love to ponder while wandering around museums, something I haven't done nearly enough of lately. Especially with older works where a male artist is painting a female subject - you have to wonder what their relationship and interaction was like.

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