"Rose" Period

In Picasso’s work, the Rose Period was relatively short (from the fall 1904 until the end of 1906) and quite uneven. A large number of pictures were marked with a bright color; we see the advent of pearl gray, ocher, pink and red tones; there appeared new topics, such as actors, acrobats, athletes, and became dominant. The Cirque Medrano that was located at the foot of Montmartre hill certainly did provide a lot of material for the artist. Melodrama in its many manifestations (the suits, the accented gestures), a variety of different people, both beautiful and ugly, young and adult, returned the artist to the world of slightly transformed, but real forms, dimensions and spaces; paintings were once again filled with life as opposed to the characters of the Blue Period.

The following paintings exhibited at the Galerie Serrurier (February 25 – March 6 1905) marked the beginning of a new epoch of the master: "Actor" and "Seated Nude". The wonderful "Woman in Shirt" and "Mother and Child (Acrobats)" also relate to the Rose Period. Picasso's Two Nudes (1906) showed his interest in classical form. Images of young people and women (in such works as Boy Leading a Horse and La Toilette) demonstrate the beauty and the rare tranquility in the works of Picasso, which fits into the traditional aesthetics of beauty.

A trip to Gosol (Spain) in 1906, a small village in the Catalan Pyrenees, gave impetus to Picasso’s new endeavours. "The Self-portrait (Face Striving to be a Mask)" is a graphic confirmation of this fact.

Pablo Picasso. Girl in a Chemise, 1904 - 1905
Girl in a Chemise, 1904 - 1905
Pablo Picasso. The Actor, 1904
The Actor, 1904
Pablo Picasso. Acrobat on a Ball, 1905
Acrobat on a Ball, 1905
Pablo Picasso. In
In "Le Lapin Agile" or Harlequin with a Glass, 1905
Pablo Picasso. Harlequin Sitting on a Red Couch, 1905
Harlequin Sitting on a Red Couch, 1905
Pablo Picasso. Tumblers (Mother and Son), 1905
Tumblers (Mother and Son), 1905
Pablo Picasso. The Family of Saltimbanques, 1905
The Family of Saltimbanques, 1905
Pablo Picasso. Two brothers, 1905
Two brothers, 1905
Pablo Picasso. Two Youths, 1905
Two Youths, 1905
Pablo Picasso. Acrobat and Young Harlequin, 1905
Acrobat and Young Harlequin, 1905
Pablo Picasso. Juggler with Still-Life, 1905
Juggler with Still-Life, 1905
Pablo Picasso. Woman with Fan, 1905
Woman with Fan, 1905
Pablo Picasso. Young Girl with a Goat, 1906
Young Girl with a Goat, 1906
Pablo Picasso. The Peasants. Composition, 1906
The Peasants. Composition, 1906
Pablo Picasso. Glassware. Still Life with a Porro, 1906
Glassware. Still Life with a Porro, 1906
Pablo Picasso. Boy Leading a Horse, 1906
Boy Leading a Horse, 1906
Pablo Picasso. The Toilet, 1906
The Toilet, 1906
Pablo Picasso. The hairstyle, 1906
The hairstyle, 1906
Pablo Picasso. Self Portrait, 1906
Self Portrait, 1906


All works of "rose" period by years