Woman and Child on the Seashore (1921) by Pablo Picasso

Woman and Child on the Seashore - Pablo Picasso - 1921

Artwork Information

TitleWoman and Child on the Seashore
ArtistPablo Picasso
MediumOil on Canvas
Dimensions143 x 162 cm
Art MovementNeoclassicism
Current LocationThe Art Institute of Chicago

About Woman and Child on the Seashore

The artwork entitled “Woman and Child on the Seashore” is an oil on canvas painting by the renowned artist Pablo Picasso, dating back to 1921. This piece is recognized as part of the Neoclassicism art movement and falls under the genre painting category. The painting’s dimensions are 143 x 162 cm and it is housed at The Art Institute of Chicago.

The artwork presents a serene and intimate moment between a woman and a child on the seashore. The woman, depicted in a classical pose, sits with her legs crossed, her gaze tenderly directed toward the child she cradles in her lap. Her attire is simple and evokes the flowing garments of classical antiquity. The child, plump and healthy, looks up at the woman with a sense of trust and comfort. The child’s pose is relaxed and natural, capturing the carefree nature of infancy.

The color palette is subtle, featuring muted tones that convey the calmness of the seaside environment. The sea and sky blend together in the background with soft gradations of color, suggesting an expanse beyond the frame. Picasso’s use of form and space in this composition provides a sense of solidity and volume to the figures, a hallmark of the neoclassical style he adopted during this period of his career. The artwork’s tranquility, coupled with its classical form, evokes a timeless quality, allowing viewers to reflect on themes of maternal affection and the universal bond between mother and child.

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