The soup (1903) by Pablo Picasso

The soup - Pablo Picasso - 1903

Artwork Information

TitleThe soup
ArtistPablo Picasso
Dimensions37 x 45 cm
Art MovementExpressionism

About The soup

The artwork titled “The Soup” is a creation by the esteemed artist Pablo Picasso, dating back to the year 1903. Employing oil as the medium on a canvas, Picasso crafted a piece that measures 37 by 45 centimeters. This artwork is attributed to the Expressionism movement and is considered to be a genre painting, which typically depicts scenes of everyday life.

“The Soup” portrays a moment of simple, yet profound interaction between two figures. The dominant figure, a woman clothed in a somber blue garment, stands as she extends a bowl to the smaller, outstretched hands of a child. The earthy and cool color palette consists primarily of blues, greens, and muted tones, evocative of the melancholic and introspective themes that are characteristic of Picasso’s Blue Period. The brushwork conveys a sense of urgency and texture, further emphasizing the emotional weight of the scene depicted.

By focusing on the exchange of sustenance, the artwork communicates themes of poverty, care, and the human condition. The figures are monumental in their form, with exaggerated, elongated limbs, signifying the significance of this act of giving and receiving. There is an air of solemnity that pervades the scene, reflecting the deeper existential reflections that Picasso is known for during this phase of his career. The artwork captures not only a moment in life but speaks to the broader spectrum of human experiences and emotions.

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