The boy with the pipe, Pablo Picasso

The boy with the pipe, Pablo Picasso
The boy with the pipe, Pablo Picasso - 1

  • Posted by Pablo Picasso
  • Museum: Private collection
  • Year: 1905

Overview of the painting :

The boy with the pipe is Pablo Picasso. 1905. Oil on canvas. 100×81.3

   Once Picasso announced art: “I hate people who talk about the beautiful. What is beautiful? We must talk about problems in painting!”. This phrase can reveal a lot to us about the paintings of Pablo Picasso.

   Art can be different – some paintings delight us, so they are beautiful and aesthetic, others are striking in technical perfection and novelty, while others awaken in our country in awe of God. Pablo Picasso’s painting “Boy with a Pipe” is, strictly speaking, art in the only genre, the genre of “unreliability”.

   Would you like to hang on the wall a reproduction of the picture “Boy with a Pipe” P. Picasso at home and consider it every day – I think not. At home I want peace for the eyes and relaxation for thought …

   “Boy with a pipe” makes us empathize, feel deeply what the author himself felt – on the boy’s face – touching melancholy, detachment and some kind of “pose”. In the split figure of the boy – an echo of early Picasso, who wrote arlekins, acrobats and circus artists from his “blue” period. An unexpected pink wreath on the boy’s head, a tube in his hand and pink wallpapers behind him give the whole picture a shade of grotesque and jestering.

   Who is in front of us is an actor or unemployed, apprentice or circus artist, or just a friend of the artist, one of his sitters? Why guess? Before us is the great Master of mystifications, mysteries and elusive meaning, one of his mirrors, his display. Look at him and see me – is not the idea of a true artist? Is not Durer, Rembrandt or Van Dyke? Do not waste time in vain – Picasso did not give us direct answers, so he did not want to give. “Hidden harmony is better than obvious,” P. said. Picasso.