In 1904, in the waning years of the Blue Period, Picasso had a tough time after his friend, Carlos Casagemas, had committed suicide. The artist changed his environment radically – he moved to Paris and settled down in one of poor quarters of the city among street actors and itinerant circus performers. There was a tall, swarthy, aristocratic looking maid who lived nearby. The artist invited the girl to pose for him, and soon she became his beloved.
Fernande with a Black Mantilla (1905)
was one the first portraits of Fernande painted in a realistic manner which couldn’t be said about most of Picasso’s next works, since he never ceased to experiment. A famous painting Girl on the Ball, a masterpiece of the Rose Period
, owed its appearance to Fernande. Also with Fernande Picasso entered the African Period
and the period of Cubism
applying Cezanne’s principles of interpreting the form to painting the human figure.
12 recent comments06 December
Hugh Janis from Ur mother's wrote: 'yeah I mean this is cool and all but when I was 8 years old I was rounding up all the neighborhood stray cats and I used to make them fight for food. I was helping those cats more than this painting helps me so if you think about it, this painting really is not that impressive from a grand perspective
' 17 November
Luke from UK wrote: 'I know nothing about art, but that horse is insanely good ! The legs are perfect, from an 8 year old boy from memory... Insane
' 07 August
May de la Vega from Miami wrote: 'My inspiration was the great Master P. Picasso, I love his art, and his style helped me to get my own style.
' 08 July
HungLarry77 from Miami wrote: 'This isn't even impressive yeah sure he was 8 but I've seen better from a retarded infant after his diaper comes off. 2/10
' 06 July
Diana from Los Angeles, California wrote: 'Picasso’s challenge to us today, (2021) to see, in ordinary “things” we utilize every day, STRENGTH, to realize in what is “ordinary” PURPOSE, the “challenge” to RIDE, as Picasso demonstrates VISION
' 14 June
Tuila Jost from Rio de Janeiro wrote: 'Hi I would like to know the original measurements of the Blue boy board and where it is. Thank you.
' 30 May
Gregg S from Oakland, CA wrote: 'This is a very poor example of this lithograph. Every litho is somewhat different by the very nature of the process. But this one is missing a great deal of background ink all around the image, especially near the bottom that the horses legs blend into.
' 11 May
Christopher from Portland wrote: 'Do people think they are original with the 8 years old comments? That is such an old joke, and so stupid. Perhaps your mind is that of an 8 year old if you can't see the beauty and genius of Picasso. Please go back to watching TV. This art is not for you.
' 01 May
Austral from Leighton Buzzard wrote: 'I don't understand those who say they "don't understand the hype". Surely this is a page about Picasso, so if you don't like him, don't come here??... I'll be honest, five years ago I didn't really enjoy Picasso as much as I do now. He is not everyone's cup of tea, especially his avant garde work, but when you look at his hole body of work, I can't help but be impressed. He had such a wide range of styles and was quite successful in most of them. Granted he was an arrogant man and I'm not a fan of his personality, but I don't think he'd much care what we think. I just hope if there's an afterlife, Henri Rosseau is having his own back. :-)
' 28 March
Max Topfer from Germany wrote: 'It's Josep Fondervila, owner of the Inn in Gosol, Spain. Picasso spent 2 weeks and gained new inspiration, ended his blue and rose period
' 14 March
cr33p3r from Germany wrote: 'guys whats the meaning behind this painting I need to know for an art project at school
' 10 March
Prof. da Costa from Philadelphia wrote: 'for all of you inspired and maybe a bit intimidated by Picasso, if you wish to paint, paint (lots of online and free websites) and if not, don't be intimidated. You can appreciate his work and/or someday will have the strength to wake up and sketch or doodle or copy the works of the master. It's all good. At least you got up to see this website.I used to not appreciate Picasso until I read more about him. Sure, he was a misogynist but his life's work is amazing. I started out at age 18 months drawing circles with dots in the middle under the curtains and now am pretty prolific and inspired and I'm turning 70 this month.