Picasso's Rose Period
The phase known as Picasso’s ‘Rose’ period was home to some of the artist greatest works.The transition from the somber tones of the ‘Blue’ phase, into the more joyous and cheerful use of oranges, red, pink, yellows, and all the other colors of the rainbow, signified the emotion that this great artist was then feeling. One must understand that episode directly before the Rose phase of Pablo Picasso’s career, was the darkest and most depressing of the artist’s entire life.
His faithful companion Casagemas, had committed suicide for lost love, and Picasso wore that emotion on his sleeve like a tunicate to stop the bleeding, for the entire world to see. Emerging from that dark period was an artist armed with newfound joy and a zest for all things beautiful and loving. Picasso seemed satisfied, although temporarily, with a great relationship, Ferdinand Olivier, whom the great artist had met in 1904. This new-found love interest added fuel to the fire that was raging inside Picasso, and can be easily seen on the canvases that he created
The Rose Period Itself
The Rose period is accented with characters such as harlequins, and smiling circus performers, along with clowns, and other friendly-faces that demonstrated Picasso’s emotions of the time and era. The Rose period has been widely considered as being influenced by the French, and although this may be true, the style is purely Picasso. The highest-selling painting was ‘Garcon a la Pipe’, (Boy with a Pipe) which was created during this period and elicits a joyful response, in all that envision it. Just take a look at any of the artwork from Picasso during the Rose period and one will see this in living color.
The Rose period has been seen as one of the greatest achievements in all of Picasso’s artistic endeavors, and is most-widely accepted, as a prized classical-style, in itself. From the beauty of ‘Two Youths’ to the comedic and joyful expressions of ‘Harlequin Family’ and ‘Harlequins’ Family with an Ape’, Picasso really put his heart into every ‘Rose’ phase creation, and it shows.
The Rose period was experienced by Picasso completely while the artist was in Paris. The period is greatly influenced by the artisan’s relationship with both his lover and his newfound friend, Ferdinand Oliveira. The world must give a large deal of gratitude to this woman, which came into the great artist’s life at just the right time, and allowed to Picasso to escape from the ‘Blue’ phase, to the beauty that is the ‘Rose’.
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