(click image to zoom-in)
|Author: Pablo Picasso|
|Painting, Oil on canvas pasted on panel, 152x100 cm|
|Origin: France, 1902|
Picasso painted this large work in the summer of 1902 in Barcelona. It is one of the most important items of his Blue Period, when the tragic mood of monochrome blue and bluish-green came to determine the whole structure of his paintings.
"Art flows from pain and sadness" was Picasso's approach, which he realised with purely Spanish maximalism. He refracts through the prism of unhappiness and sorrow his observations of his friends, of the blind and poor, of sad mothers and prostitutes.
During a visit to Paris, Picasso deliberately visited the Saint-Lazare hospital for prostitutes and made sketches there. On his return to Barcelona he wrote to his friend, the poet Max Jacob, "I am going to paint a picture, a drawing for which I am sending you. The meeting of a prostitute from the prison hospital with her sister, a nun." From this very concrete origin, the Hermitage painting developed until it gained a universal character.
In its static, symbolic nature, the composition recalls monumental religious art, summoning up direct associations with representations of the meeting of the Virgin Mary and the ageing Elizabeth, mother of John the Baptist, and with the ascetic figures of medieval mourners. The women seem to form a human arch, an architectural entrance to a mysterious, cosmically endless world.
|Source of entry: acquired in 1948|
Unless otherwise noted, images this web site may be used for any purpose without prior permission.
Any material in the public domain found on this web site is not protected by copyright.
We make no representations or warranties with respect to ownership of copyrights in the images, and do not represent others who may claim to be authors or owners of copyright of any of the images, and make no warranties as to the quality of the images.
We shall not be responsible for any loss or expenses resulting from the use of the images, and you release and hold us harmless from all liability arising from such use.
We do not sell art prints, framed posters or reproductions. Ads are shown only to compensate the hosting expenses.