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In the period from 1904 to 1906 the famous Italian artist Pablo Picasso had a special stage in his creative life, in which he applied only images of artists, acrobats and circus artists to the canvas. It was during this period that Picasso created his famous masterpiece Acrobats (mother and son).
We see how a mother and son sat at the table, dressed in tight circus clothes. Before them is an almost empty plate, one for two. Mother thoughtfully lowered her head to her hand, but there was a deep sadness and hopelessness in her eyes, and her son, turning away from his mother, looked in the opposite direction with curiosity.
It was a very difficult period in the family of circus artists. People were on the road all the time, forced to constantly tour in order to somehow feed themselves. Looking at the empty lonely plate on the table, which should have had a delicious dinner, you understand how much the artists were poor, because the money earned was sorely lacking for a normal existence. Despite the boy’s rejected face, it’s also not difficult to guess what emotions are inherent in a young acrobat, who is forced to work from an early age in order to earn at least some penny for his family.
The period in which the painting by Acrobats (mother and son) was painted is conventionally called pink, because for most of the works Pablo Picasso used a combination of the pink hue, diluting it with gold and gray tones. This picture is no exception. The entire background is filled with a warm gamut of a delicate pink tint, close to a delicate red color. The artist depicted the boy’s costume for the performance in a contrasting blue color with a snow-white frill on the neck and sleeves. It is noteworthy that for his works of this period, Picasso used real characters from the circus of Medrano.
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