Classicism

Cubism gradually became Picasso’s internally lived experience and liberated his brush. He later said: “When I think about it, I’d say I’m an artist without style”. “Style puts constraints on the artist, forcing a single viewpoint on things upon him, the same techniques, the same formula, year after year, his life long”. This, of course, was not the case of Picasso, the desperate daredevil of art. The return to more readable and figurative painting was influenced by the logic of Picasso’s artistic development and the external factors: relations with Sergei Diaghilev’s ballet troupe, a trip to Rome, where everything was oversaturated with antiquity, interest in flesh and the human body, the monumental and material surroundings. "Olga Khokhlova", the Russian ballet dancer who soon became Picasso’s wife and the mother of his first son, wanted her own image to be more recognizable in Picasso’s portraits. Wish of the beloved would not have affected the artist, had it not been for his own mood. But in the late 1910s, all these factors came together and defined the new phase in Picasso’s work. While creating quite realistic paintings, he continued to experiment. In a way, the famous "Portrait Olga in an Armchair (1917)" was also experimental: Picasso took a keen interest in photography, its typical flattened shapes and the distortion of space, which was reflected in his works.

Pablo Picasso. Portrait of Olga in the Armchair, 1917
Portrait of Olga in the Armchair, 1917
Pablo Picasso. Sketch of Set for the
Sketch of Set for the "Parade", 1917
Pablo Picasso. Harlequin with a Guitar, 1917
Harlequin with a Guitar, 1917
Pablo Picasso. Olga Khokhlova, 1917
Olga Khokhlova, 1917
Pablo Picasso. Pierrot, 1918
Pierrot, 1918
Pablo Picasso. The Bathers, 1918
The Bathers, 1918
Pablo Picasso. Portrait of Olga Khokhlova, 1918
Portrait of Olga Khokhlova, 1918
Pablo Picasso. Arlequin, 1918
Arlequin, 1918
Pablo Picasso. Still-Life with a Pitcher and Apples, 1919
Still-Life with a Pitcher and Apples, 1919
Pablo Picasso. Sleeping Peasants, 1919
Sleeping Peasants, 1919
Pablo Picasso. Three Dancers, 1919 - 1920
Three Dancers, 1919 - 1920
Pablo Picasso. Portrait of Igor Stravinsky, 1920
Portrait of Igor Stravinsky, 1920
Pablo Picasso. Two bathers, 1921
Two bathers, 1921
Pablo Picasso. Women Running on the Beach, 1922
Women Running on the Beach, 1922
Pablo Picasso. Portrait of Paul Picasso as a Child, 1923
Portrait of Paul Picasso as a Child, 1923
Pablo Picasso. The Lovers, 1923
The Lovers, 1923
Pablo Picasso. The Pan Flute, 1923
The Pan Flute, 1923
Pablo Picasso. Paul as a Pierrot, 1925
Paul as a Pierrot, 1925
Pablo Picasso. The Three Graces, 1925
The Three Graces, 1925


All works of "classic" period by years