The suicide (Casagemas) (1901) by Pablo Picasso

The suicide (Casagemas) - Pablo Picasso - 1901

Artwork Information

TitleThe suicide (Casagemas)
ArtistPablo Picasso
Dimensions52 x 34 cm
Art MovementPost-Impressionism

About The suicide (Casagemas)

“The Suicide (Casagemas)” is a poignant artwork created by Pablo Picasso in 1901. The painting, executed in oil on canvas, measures 52 by 34 centimeters and belongs to the Post-Impressionism movement. It is categorized as a portrait, capturing a moment of profound emotion and tragedy.

The artwork features a figure with their head tilted to one side, suggesting a state of rest or lifelessness. The brushwork is expressive and loose, characteristic of Picasso’s early style, which was heavily influenced by Post-Impressionist techniques. The palette is relatively muted with an emphasis on blues and earth tones, creating a somber and melancholic atmosphere that is reflective of the tragic subject matter. Light seems to be cast on the figure’s face, accentuating the form and bringing forward the essence of human vulnerability portrayed in the work.

The rough texture and dynamic brushstrokes evoke raw emotion, alluding to the internal turmoil of the subject. This work is part of a series that Picasso created in response to the death of his close friend, Casagemas, and these paintings marked the beginning of what is known as his Blue Period, during which he frequently depicted themes of despair, poverty, and isolation. “The Suicide (Casagemas)” remains a powerful testament to the capacity of visual art to convey deep psychological and emotional states.

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