The Aficionado (1912) by Pablo Picasso

The Aficionado - Pablo Picasso - 1912

Artwork Information

TitleThe Aficionado
ArtistPablo Picasso
MediumOil on Canvas
Dimensions135 x 82 cm
Art MovementAnalytical Cubism
Current LocationKunstmuseum Basel, Basel, Switzerland

About The Aficionado

The artwork titled “The Aficionado” was created by the celebrated artist Pablo Picasso in 1912. It is an oil on canvas painting, measuring 135 cm by 82 cm, and is currently housed at the Kunstmuseum Basel in Basel, Switzerland. This particular piece is a striking example of Analytical Cubism, an art movement co-founded by Picasso, characterized by the deconstruction and abstraction of subjects into geometric forms. The artwork is categorized as a portrait, albeit in a highly stylized and fragmented format, typical of the movement.

“The Aficionado” demonstrates a complex arrangement of shapes and planes, with multiple perspectives merged into a single, multifaceted composition. The color palette is relatively muted, with an emphasis on earth tones, which allows for a visual coherence amongst the disassembled elements of the portrait. While a representational image of a figure is no longer immediately discernible in the traditional sense, the artwork’s forms and shapes suggest a fragmented human body within a space layered with text and patterns that could represent elements of a bullfighting aficionado’s environment. The meticulous arrangement of these cubist elements underlines Picasso’s mastery in creating a sense of depth and rhythm through the careful manipulation of light and shape.

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