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Man with a clarinet

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

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

     
  

Category

Painting

Date

1911-1912 (20th century)

Cultural background

Cubism

Original title

Hombre con clarinete

One of the masterpieces of Analytical Cubism

This fan-shaped pyramidal composition shows a figure holding a musical instrument of which only the basic outline can be discerned. The structure is built with a few rhythmic straight and curved lines. The colours are applied using a neo-Impressionistic technique and are limited to a wide range of ochres and greys with which the artist manages to achieve astonishing tonal contrasts and pictorial effects.

Although Picasso subjects the figure to an extreme decomposition of forms which requires an abstract reading, he retains the vertical placing of the central element as in a conventional portrait.
 

Details of the work

Object
Painting

Dimensions
106 x 69 cm

Technique
Oil

Material
Canvas

Iconography
Music

  

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