Paul as Harlequin (1924) by Pablo Picasso

Paul as Harlequin - Pablo Picasso - 1924

Artwork Information

TitlePaul as Harlequin
ArtistPablo Picasso
MediumOil on Canvas
Dimensions130 x 97.5 cm
Art MovementNeoclassicism
Current LocationMusee Picasso, Paris

About Paul as Harlequin

The artwork titled “Paul as Harlequin” is a creation of the renowned artist Pablo Picasso from the year 1924. Executed with oil on canvas and measuring 130 x 97.5 cm, this portrait is an exquisite representation of the Neoclassical art movement. The piece is part of the collection at the Musee Picasso in Paris, reflecting the unique artistic expression of Picasso during a phase when he shifted towards a more classical portrayal of figures.

In the artwork, Picasso depicts a youthful figure dressed as a harlequin, which is a character typically associated with the Italian commedia dell’arte, known for its colorful diamond-patterned costume. This particular harlequin is adorned in a loosely fitted costume that incorporates hues of soft yellows, blues, and blacks arranged in a diamond pattern, contrasted against a light background. Noteworthy are the delicate lace ruff and cuffs that enhance the costume’s richness.

The portrayal captures a contemplative and perhaps melancholic expression on the subject’s face, with eyes that seem to engage with viewers introspectively. The harlequin holds what appears to be a flower or a decorative element in one hand, possibly suggesting a moment of performance or play. Picasso’s skillful brushwork creates a sense of texture in the fabrics and imbues the work with both warmth and depth.

Far from the geometric fragmentation of his cubist period, this work is a testament to Picasso’s versatility and his ability to capture the essence of his subjects with sensitivity and refinement, embodying the hallmarks of the Neoclassical style. The attention to detail in the costume and the realistic rendering of the figure signal a return to an appreciation of traditional representational techniques, while still maintaining an air of modernity that is characteristic of Picasso’s oeuvre.

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