Boy with a Pipe (P’tit Louis) (1905) by Pablo Picasso

Boy with a Pipe (P'tit Louis) - Pablo Picasso - 1905

Artwork Information

TitleBoy with a Pipe (P'tit Louis)
ArtistPablo Picasso
MediumOil on Canvas
Dimensions39 3/8 x 32 in (100 x 81.3 cm)

About Boy with a Pipe (P'tit Louis)

P’tit Louis, a Parisian teenage boy, is the subject of Pablo Picasso’s celebrated painting “Boy with a Pipe.” The artwork was created in 1905 when Picasso was twenty-four years old and marked the beginning of his Rose Period. The painting features P’tit Louis holding a pipe and wearing a garland of flowers. Bright cheerful orange and pink hues are dominant in this painting, in contrast to Picasso’s earlier Blue Period, which relied heavily on blue tones.

“Boy with a Pipe” is one of Picasso’s highest-selling paintings and has been exhibited in various galleries over the years. It is part of the Museum of Modern Art’s retrospective on Picasso, where it can be viewed today. The mood displayed by the young boy captures both innocence and youthfulness from his joyful expression combined with gazing off away from us reflecting naivety.

The small details captured in this piece make it so special – tiny creases around P’tit Louis’ eyes give clues to his young age while small brushstrokes emphasize his clothing folds. One can not deny that “Boy with a Pipe” remains as one of Pablo Picasso’s most significant works ever made; it serves as an inspiration for artists and art lovers worldwide to this day.

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