L'œuvre Arlequin - Centre Pompidou

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Arlequin

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Crédit photographique : © Georges Meguerditchian - Centre Pompidou, MNAM-CCI /Dist. RMN-GP
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Pablo Picasso (1881 - 1973)

Arlequin

(Le peintre Salvado en arlequin)

1923

Huile sur toile

130 x 97 cm

Legs Baronne Eva Gourgaud, 1965

Numéro d'inventaire : AM 4313 P

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Description for the presentation in the National Museum of Modern Art

The figure of the Harlequin, whose costume is borrowed here by Joaquín Salvado, the painter's artist friend, runs through all Picasso's work.

This perpetually changing character from the Commedia dell'Arte appears as a melancholic double of the artist, embodying his solitude and his fragility. The painting displays the main stages in its production, from the sketch to the colouring, using the hatching process specific to engravers. The deliberate incompletion of the canvas showcases a virtuoso and precise drawing based on the classic tradition which inspired the artist in the 1920s.

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