Girl on the Ball, Pablo Picasso, 1905

Girl on the Ball, Pablo Picasso, 1905
Girl on the Ball, Pablo Picasso, 1905 - 1

  • Posted by Pablo Picasso
  • Museum: Museum of Fine Arts. Pushkin
  • Year: 1905

Overview of the painting :

The girl on the ball is Pablo Picasso. 1905. Oil on canvas. 147×95

   At the beginning of the 20th century, associated with the mass search for a new aesthetics in painting, the turbulent conflict between tradition and innovation, the alarming expectations of events from the coming century, an amazing way was a certain spiritual relationship between innovative artists and stray circus artists. This birth was due to the equally careless attitude of society towards these people, constant and painful creative search, domestic disorder, unpredictability of fate and eternal wanderings.

   Among the masters of painting at this time, the plot related to the work, life and life of stray circus performers is very popular.

   The viewer is presented with a rehearsal of a street troupe. A thin and fragile girl skillfully balances on an unstable ball, next to her is a static and powerful gymnast who carefully watches her young partner, at any moment ready to come to her aid, help with advice, and tell. In his eyes, care and anxiety for the future of the gymnast.

   The blue color, in which almost all the works of the previous difficult period were painted, is still present in the work, but noticeably surrenders its position to a brighter and more positive pink. The space of work was organized differently, a perspective appeared, the background was revived.

   The meaning of work is a conflict of forms. The instability and mobility of the ball is opposed to the stability and heavyness of the cube. Heroes of work only emphasize the contrast. The instability and variability of youth is opposed by reliability and maturity stability.

   The work is filled with air, there are many absolutely clean color fields. Landscape against the background of desolate. He is revived by only a couple of random spectators, as well as a peacefully grazing horse. These secondary details, in fact, play a crucial role in the work. The author seems to be returning to life, begins to see her diversity and dynamics. The picture is saturated with energy and mobility. The author managed to convey not only the stability and reliability of the cube, but also the mobility and unreliability of the ball.

   In this work, the artist boldly works with color, sometimes choosing it almost spontaneously. The green sky and the pinkish landscape make the work warm and kind, and the red details add playfulness and frivolity to the plot.

   It is known that the picture was sold to a European collector along with the other 30 works of the artist. And in 1913, the Russian philanthropist Morozov acquired it. The famous connoisseur of modern painting was captivated by a special atmosphere of work, its innovative spirit and aesthetic avant-garde.