1.5.4.3.1 Picasso 1890s

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Picasso’s training under his father began before 1890. His progress can be traced in the collection of early works now held by the Museu Picasso in Barcelona, which provides one of the most comprehensive records extant of any major artist’s beginnings.

During 1893 the juvenile quality of his earliest work falls away, and by 1894 his career as a painter can be said to have begun. The academic realism apparent in the works of the mid-1890s is well displayed in The First Communion (1896), a large composition that depicts his sister, Lola. In the same year, at the age of 14, he painted Portrait of Aunt Pepa, a vigorous and dramatic portrait that Juan-Eduardo Cirlot has called without a doubt one of the greatest in the whole history of Spanish painting.

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Pablo started displaying an ability to paint from the age of three. A small oil painting, Picador, painted by the boy at the age of eight, is considered one of his first works.

It was inspired by his first attendance of the bullfight his father took him to. Corrida remained one of Picasso’s passions for his entire life.
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TITLE:YEAR:FORM:GENRE:
Il Picador1890Oil/CanvasGenre painting
ARTIST:DATES:ORIGIN:MOVEMENT:
Picasso, Pablo1881 – 1973, aged 91Spanish painterEarly period
LOCATION:SIZE (cms): [1543-11]

Claude Picasso Collection, Paris   
Picasso studied in various art schools between 1892 and 1897, including academies in Barcelona and Madrid. Working from live models as well as plaster casts of Greek and Roman sculpture, the young artist displayed a precocious command of academic draftsmanship that would be evident throughout his career, later serving as the vehicle for some of his most original work.

This drawing by Picasso was in fact based upon a drawing of a plaster cast by Charles Bargue, a French artist, lithographer, and painter, most remembered for his Cours de dessin, conceived in collaboration with Jean-Léon Gérôme.
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TITLE:YEAR:FORM:GENRE:
Plaster Male Torso1893Oil/CanvasStill Life
ARTIST:DATES:ORIGIN:MOVEMENT:
Picasso, Pablo1881 – 1973, aged 91Spanish painterEarly period
LOCATION:SIZE (cms): [1543-12]

Musée Picasso, Paris   

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 While attending La Lonja School of Art Picasso produced his first large-scale oil painting, entitled First Communion. The work was exhibited at a major exhibition in Barcelona and attracted the attention of the local press. It conforms to many of the expectations of academic painting at the end of the nineteenth century, emphasizing a dramatic moment in the youth of a Catholic girl as she kneels before the altar, about to take her first communion and thus make the symbolic transition from childhood to adulthood, Picasso has highlighted this sense of passage by linking the bright white of the young girl’s communion dress to the white of the altar cloth and the candlelight that illuminates the whole scene.

The communicant was his sister, Lola, the adult male was his father.
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TITLE:YEAR:FORM:GENRE:
First Communion, The1896Oil/CanvasGenre painting
ARTIST:DATES:ORIGIN:MOVEMENT:
Picasso, Pablo1881 – 1973, aged 91Spanish painterEarly period
LOCATION:SIZE (cms):  
Museu Picasso, Barcelona, Spain 166 x 118  

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