Friday, July 1, 2011

Picasso, Pablo

Family of Saltimbanques
oil on canvas
212.8 x 229.6 cm (83 3/4 x 90 3/8 in.)
Chester Dale Collection

Pablo Picasso (1881 - 1973)
Spanish painter.
He used the circus performers to refer to the artist's alienation and outsider image, particularly the image of a modern artist breaking new ground.
This painting depicts Picasso and his acquaintances(artist friends and girlfriend) dressed as acrobats from a circus.
It serves as an allegory of the position of an artist outside of mainstream society.
There is a certain level of somberness, but it ultimately showcases dignity in their choice of lifestyle.

Family of Saltimbanques is a major painting by Picasso from this time, with the height and width measuring more than two meters.