The Disinherited Ones
Pastel - Pastel And Charcoal On Paper
"The Disinherited Ones"
Artist: Pablo Ruiz Picasso (Spanish, 1881-1973)
Title: The Disinherited Ones
Also: Mother and son with handkerchief
Date: Barcelona, 1903
Period: Blue Period
Genre: Genre painting
Medium: Pastel and charcoal on paper
Dimensions: 47 x 40 cm
Collection: Museu Picasso of Barcelona
Credit Line: Given by the Barcelona City Council, 1963
Inscriptions: Signed Picasso and dated 1903 in the top right-hand corner
Maternity is a frequent theme in the artist’s work between 1901 and 1905. The influences of French painter and theorist Maurice Denis and the painter Puvis de Chavannes are still present, being widely seen in magazines in Barcelona at the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th centuries. Picasso’s maternity scenes from this time, as well the other figures from the Blue Period, reveal the heavy personal, social and psychological burden of the characters.
The flesh of the figures in Motherhood once again humanises, with the technical skill showing great virtuosity, especially as it achieves excellent luminosity thanks to the use of white pastel touches. This live flesh contrasts with the expressionless faces, where the striking gaze of the black round eyes charged with the enveloping indifference and resignation of the marginal world jump out.
With her disproportionately large hand – fruit of an El Greco affectation present in some of his figures – the mother shields her child in protection from the harsh winter cold. The museum houses a crayon drawing of the small child (MPB 110.527).
On the back of Motherhood there is an unsigned undated charcoal landscape sketch (MPB 4269R).
Text Credit: Museu Picasso of Barcelona
Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons
Additional image editing by Eric Glaser
June 22nd, 2021
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