Boy Leading a Horse (1906) by Pablo Picasso

Boy Leading a Horse - Pablo Picasso - 1906

Artwork Information

TitleBoy Leading a Horse
ArtistPablo Picasso
MediumOil on Canvas
Dimensions220.3 x 130.6 cm
Art MovementExpressionism
Current LocationMuseum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York City, NY, US

About Boy Leading a Horse

“Boy Leading a Horse” is a celebrated artwork by Pablo Picasso, created in 1906. It is rendered in oil on canvas and is notable for its association with the Expressionist movement. The painting measures 220.3 by 130.6 cm and is categorized as a genre painting. Presently, the artwork is housed in the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) located in New York City, NY, US, where it continues to attract art enthusiasts from around the world.

The artwork depicts a nude boy standing beside a horse, leading it by its halter. The boy gazes directly at the viewer with a poised and mature expression that belies his youth. The horse, which is significantly larger in scale compared to the boy, stands close to the boy, and the painting captures their companionship in a sober, almost introspective moment. The color palette is subdued, consisting mainly of earthy tones that blend the figures with the muted background, accentuating the feeling of unity and simplicity.

Both figures are portrayed with a combination of smooth contours and rough line work that evoke the raw energy of the subjects. The use of shading gives depth to the muscles and forms of the boy and horse, and the composition’s spare background focuses the viewer’s attention on the interaction between the two. Through the artwork, Picasso communicates a sense of serene strength and dignified presence, hallmarks of his work during this period which precursors his evolution into Cubism.

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