This painting from Picasso’s Rose Period is one of my favourites. Each character seems to hold a thousand secrets, and its dusty palette evokes a mysterious, melancholic atmosphere which is entrancing. I feel as though I am looking for an answer to an unknown question.
I have written a brief taster of the many meanings laced in this one Picasso painting:
After a number of years producing intensely melancholic paintings with a signature blue hue, Picasso’s palette warmed to a tepid rose along with a new subject matter of the street performer which was to dominate his work from 1904 to 1905. The common themes depicted are families of street or circus performers, known as saltimbanques, with the harlequin acting as the central character among these destitute figures. The harlequin acts as Picasso’s alter ego and can be seen as his self portrait in a number of works including
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