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Young Acrobat on a Ball, 1905 by Pablo Picasso

The year 1905 saw the final collapse of the blue pallet in I Picasso's work, as greys and then warm reds were gradually allowed to seep back into the range during the year. His repertoire of thin, gaunt female figures is joined by a troupe of other circus personalities. Fun and optimism, instead of melancholia and social alienation, return as subject matter, though depictions of entertainment are still moderated by the inherent social out-casting of the circus community.

In this painting, the pinky tones of the Rose Period are apparent, though the chilling grey of the acrobat's bodysuit strangely arrests the young girl's fluid animation. Her lithe, rounded motions, echoing the shape of the ball, are in obvious opposition with the square muscular form of the man, whose shape is interrelated with the solid, cubed seat. Like the Mother and Child (Maternity) (1901), the strong, upward, angular lines are crossed by a series of horizontal blocks, but in this instance they are allowed to undulate to create a further flowing movement that compliments the rolling force of the girl standing on the ball. The whole picture is a study of stasis versus movement, reflecting an interesting evolution in Picasso's own aesthetic advancement as he moves into this new period.

Picasso's Masterpieces

  • Guernica
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  • Les Demoiselles d'Avignon
    Les Demoiselles d'Avignon
  • The Old Guitarist
    The Old Guitarist
  • The Blue Nude
    The Blue Nude
  • Femme aux Bras Croisés
    Femme aux Bras Croisés
  • Three Musicians
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  • Girl Before a Mirror
    Girl Before a Mirror
  • the-dream
    The Dream
  • The Weeping Woman
    The Weeping Woman
  • Ma Jolie
    Ma Jolie
  • Portrait of Ambroise Vollard
    Portrait of Ambroise Vollard
  • The Accordionist
    The Accordionist
  • Sleeping Peasants
    Sleeping Peasants
  • Bullfithe
    Bullfithe
  • Dora Maar Au Chat
    Dora Maar Au Chat
  • Seated Woman
    Seated Woman
  • Nude in a Black Chair
    Nude in a Black Chair
  • Jacqueline with flowers
    Jacqueline with flowers