Landscape with Bridge (1909) by Pablo Picasso

Landscape with Bridge - Pablo Picasso - 1909

Artwork Information

TitleLandscape with Bridge
ArtistPablo Picasso
Date1909
MediumOil on Canvas
Dimensions31 7/8 x 39 3/8 in. (81 x 100 cm.)
Current LocationNational Gallery, Prague
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About Landscape with Bridge

Pablo Picasso, known for his versatility in art, created a few landscape-themed paintings throughout his life. One of them is called Landscape with Bridge which features black outlines and subdued nature. The artist mastered the neoclassical figurative style during the 1920s-30s and worked on his own versions of famous artworks by Poussin, Ingres, Goya, among others.

The artwork was created in line with Picasso’s usual approach to nature – he outlines it in black and hence tames its flourishingness. We can see recognizable shapes of trees against an uncolored background that showcase the foreground as well as bringing attention to beyond the trees. It feels like observing a slice from one amongst many vivid moments across time at one place.

Landscape with Bridge follows a Cubism art style that was made popular by Pablo Picasso himself – where he attempts to break down forms into simpler geometric shapes rather than traditional ways of representing natural forms realistically and uses different perspectives within single pictures. This Cubist-looking painting is something remarkable since it pretends at being purely decorative yet reveals practical architectural works which were evidently significant to its creator.

 

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