Harlequin with Mirror - Galerie Knoedler, Paris by Pablo Picasso, 1971
Artist: Pablo Picasso
Medium: Photo-Lithographic Poster, 1971
Dimensions: 30 x 19.75 in, 76.2 x 50.2 cm
Classic Poster Paper - Perfect Condition A+
This 1971 reproduction of the painting "Harlequin with Mirror" from 1923, was chosen to advertise an exhibition of Picasso's work at the Paris branch of the Knoedler gallery. The painting is now located at the Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza in Madrid. The poster was reproduced by one of Pablo Picasso's favorite master printer at the Atelier Mourlot, Henri Deschamps.
Initially intended as a self-portrait, Harlequin with a Mirror combines three characters from the circus and the Commedia dell’arte that held a strong fascination for Picasso, and with which he identified: the two-cornered hat is a clear reference to Harlequin, the clothes are those of an acrobat, while Pierrot’s face, turned into a mask, conceals the artist’s identity.
The solid figure of Harlequin, whose body takes up most of the composition, is evidence of a new artistic idiom inspired by the classical approach of the great masters, which Picasso had adopted after his visit to Italy in 1917. Although his experience in Italy prompted a return to classical principles, he eschewed literal interpretation in favour of the free approach acquired through his previous Cubist experience.
Ref: Czwiklitzer 424
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