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Harlequin with a mirror

  • Pablo Ruiz Picasso. ‘Harlequin with Mirror’. Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum. Madrid © Sucesión Pablo Picasso / De las reproducciones autorizadas, VEGAP, 2011

    Pablo Ruiz Picasso. ‘Harlequin with Mirror’. Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum. Madrid © Sucesión Pablo Picasso / De las reproducciones autorizadas, VEGAP, 2011

     
  

Category

Painting

Date

1923 (20th century)

Original title

Arlequín con espejo

This work is representative of the period in which Picasso began to use a new artistic idiom inspired by classical painting, with which he reinterpreted traditional subjects through Cubism.

Initially conceived as a self-portrait, Harlequin with a mirror combines several elements from the world of the circus and from the Commedia dell’arte, which held a strong fascination for Picasso and with whom he felt closely identified: the Harlequin, with his two-cornered hat, dressed in an acrobat's costume and wearing the mask-like face of a Pierrot which conceals the artist's identity.

The monothic figure of the Harlequin occupies most of the canvas and recalls the new artistic language inspired by the works of the great masters which Picasso had begun to use after his visit to Italy in 1917. Although this led to a return to the classical approach, he eschewed a literal interpretation in favour of a freer treatment acquired through his Cubist experience.
 

Details of the work

Object
Painting

Dimensions
100 x 81 cm

Technique
Oil

Material
Canvas

Iconography
Self-portrait; Commedia dell’arte; Italy; ballet

  

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