1.5.4.3.3 Picasso Rose Period (1904-6)

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The Rose Period of Picasso lasted from 1904 to 1906 This period signifies the time when the style of Pablo Picasso’s painting used cheerful orange and pink colors in contrast to the cool, somber tones of the previous Blue Period.

During these few years, Picasso was happy in his relationship with Fernande Olivier whom he had met in 1904 and this has been suggested as one of the possible reasons he changed his style of painting. Harlequins, circus performers and clowns appear frequently in the Rose Period and will populate Picasso’s paintings at various stages through the rest of his long career.

While Pablo Picasso’s Blue Period is far more popular with the general public today, his Rose Period is of greater art-historical importance.

[Source: pablopicasso.org]

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Garçon à la pipe was painted in 1905 when Picasso was 24 years old, during his Rose Period, soon after he settled in the Montmartre section of Paris, France. The oil on canvas painting depicts a Parisian boy holding a pipe in his left hand and wearing a garland or wreath of flowers.

Early preparations of this work involved positioning the boy in all types of poses that involved standing, sitting or leaning against the wall. After much repositioning of the model, Picasso decided to go with the boy sitting down. Next was how to position the arm, where much time was also spent on the height and angle.

Early works do not show any objects other than a pipe being used. Although Picasso gave it a rest period for about a month. During this time, Picasso decided to finish it off by placing a garland of flowers on the boy’s head.

Le Bateau-Lavoir in Montmartre is where Picasso was living when he painted the picture. Some of the local people made a living in the entertainment industry, such as being clowns or acrobats. Picasso used many local people in his pictures, but little is known about the boy in the picture.

What appears to be fact from comments made from a variety of sources is that the boy was a model in his teen years who hung around Picasso’s studio and volunteered to pose for the oil work.
[Source: pablopicasso.org]

Image source: Wikimedia commons
TITLE:YEAR:FORM:GENRE:
Boy with a Pipe (Garçon à la Pipe)1905Oil/CanvasPortrait
ARTIST:DATES:ORIGIN:MOVEMENT:
Picasso, Pablo1881 – 1973, aged 91Spanish painterRose period
LOCATION:SIZE (cms): [1543-31]

Private Collection100 x 81  

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Famille d’acrobates avec singe is a 1905 painting by Pablo Picasso. It depicts a family of travelling circus performers during an intimate moment.

The work was produced on cardboard using mixed media: gouache, watercolour, pastel and Indian ink.

The work was painted at a key phase in Picasso’s life, as he made the transition from an impoverished bohemian at the start of 1905 to a successful artist by the end of 1906.
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TITLE:YEAR:FORM:GENRE:
Family of Acrobats with Monkey1905Oil/CanvasGenre Painting
ARTIST:DATES:ORIGIN:MOVEMENT:
Picasso, Pablo1881 – 1973, aged 91Spanish painterRose period
LOCATION:SIZE (cms):  
Gothenburg Museum of Art, Bothenburg, Sweden104 x 75  

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