The boy leading the horse is Pablo Picasso, 1906

The boy leading the horse is Pablo Picasso, 1906
The boy leading the horse is Pablo Picasso, 1906 - 1

  • Posted by Pablo Picasso
  • Museum: Museum of Modern Art (New York)
  • Year: 1906

Overview of the painting :

The boy leading the horse is Pablo Picasso. 1906. Oil on canvas. 220.6 x 131.2 cm

   The Pink Period does not take such a great time in Picasso’s work – only two years, but in such a short time the painter managed to create a number of paintings that were distinguished by their own style and laid the foundation for its glory. One of these iconic works is “The Boy Leading the Horse”. The property, subtlety, cheerfulness in a compartment with light tones of pink, beige, gray and elastic smooth lines distinguishes both the pink period of Picasso as a whole and this picture in particular.

   Picasso worked hard at that time in the genre of portrait, repeatedly reproducing his first lover, Fernando. The second passion was genre scenes, where the main characters were circus performers, comedians, wanderers, etc.d.

   In the picture, we see a naked young man who leads a graceful horse – the figures of a person and an animal are written with special care and truthfulness, and also deliberately emphasized by a clear, almost continuous line.

   Everything in this work breathes freedom and unlimited space – and a naked boy, free from clothes, as from conventions, and a graceful horse, without habitual rabble, and land without any green bedspread, bushes and trees. A free man with a free animal walks through a free land. Picasso himself longed for this freedom, trying to fence himself off the close shackles of academic art (and as we know, he still succeeded – he himself wrote canons for himself and created an aesthetics of new painting).

   Seven years ago, a remarkable scandal was associated with this picture – a descendant of the former owner, Julius Schöps, wanted to regain the “Boy with a Horse” by taking it from the Museum of Modern Art in New York. The grand-deceased nephew of the already deceased banker claimed that the painting was transferred to the museum illegally. The banker wanted to sell the picture, allegedly no longer being its owner, as he forgot that he had already given a canvas to his second wife Elsa. However, through trials in the old family business, the museum defended Picasso’s wonderful picture, leaving it in its former place in its beautiful collection.