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 comments26 February
Lera from Russia; Yekaterinburg wrote: 'cool picture
' 06 February
breyana arrieta from Russia; Yekaterinburg wrote: 'this artwork is so good I love all the abstract and the colors.
' 29 January
yunwei from berlin wrote: 'i have this painting tattooed on my arm.
' 29 January
Denis Noel-Smith from Somerset England wrote: 'I studied art for O level at school but did not take the exam as I joined the Army instead at age 17 joined in 1965 and left in 1984. I have been inspired to take up painting again at the age of 72. I have been painting for a year now and have produced about 50 pictures which I gibe away to family and friends. Picasso/Goya/Velasquez/Van Gough/ Dali and others give me inspiration. I paint on cardboard,board.canvas, ceramic etc - My daughter went to Central St Martins- one of my sister is a very good painter and lives in Cornwall and another (self taught) paints in her studio in Cheltenham - to me as an old man suffering from combat induced PTSD, and in lock down, painting has been a joy and theraputic
' 13 January
L from Somerset England wrote: 'personally i don't understand the hype. sure, it's good for an 8 year old, but tbh it's not that interesting to me.
' 03 January
friend from California wrote: 'so you start at 16. Eight year difference isn’t much. Even a 50 year difference. You can always start and work to improve dude :) all you need is a little interest. (And don’t be afraid to look for help, maybe one day you can give back) I believe in you.
' 30 December
scout from australia wrote: 'people like Pablo are the reason why i don't believe i'll ever do anything good with my life, 16 years old and best i can do is wake up at 4pm.
' 11 November
Mary Hestand from Texas wrote: 'It's remarkable to see Picasso's output for 1937 alone. Just the paintings he made that year would be enough to cement any artist's reputation as a master for life.
' 27 September
obeido from Texas wrote: 'well picasso work sold 3-4 million back in 1980s now it selling for 100 million plus what make you think that his prints sell for few hundred dollars now the price i am sure it is up there compier to back then -
' 22 September
Lloyd from Texas wrote: 'Love cats , so going to help with my art exam !
' 11 September
November from Texas wrote: 'Quarantine boredom has took me here staring at Picasso painting when he was 8. What a gifted person had ever lived!
' 17 August
Nascan from Bruxelles wrote: 'Bonjour
Ou se trouve l’original de ce tableau « Paul en pierrot »???