The painting «First Communion» was created by 15-year-old Picasso on the advice of his father for the Exhibition of Fine Arts in Barcelona in 1896. At that time, Pablo attended La Lonja School of Art. Picasso has never been a devotee or a religionist (at least in the traditional sense of the word). Nevertheless, his 1895-1896 student drawings contain quite a lot of scenes from the life of Jesus and images of saints. The active and ambitious young artist could not help but be interested in means of expression and iconographic schemes used by the great masters of the past: this "food" for his personal creative growth was digested almost beyond recognition and gradually formed the Picasso’s artistic personality. Many years later, the author of many articles and books about the master, Pierre Daix, who knew Picasso more than a quarter century, asked him whether he regretted that he created paintings like «First Communion». And Picasso answered: "No way, back then it was very important for me."
Unlike the real thing, the color is too red. 11 May
#8. Tariq, California
For me abstract art is boring. I never know what the heck the artist is trying to convey. But this is amazing especially the shadows in the communion. I can stare at it for hours. Who defines what art is the viewer or the critic ? If it evokes feeling in you it is art. I don't denounce abstract art but no one can tell me I know nothing of art. If abstract evokes feelings in those viewers who have acquired a taste for it then that's art for them. But let them not tell me what's art for me. Only I can tell what's art for me. 13 March
#7. Sassynaustin, Austin, Tx
I have seen this painting in person. It is breathtaking. Even more amazing because of the youth of the artist. Very close to life-size, I almost expected the communicant to start reciting prayers. 11 February
#6. jazzy, us, san francisco
not that good, its kinda boring compared to his other stuff 05 June
#5. Annabella, USA, Massachusetts
Screw you all, this is amazing! 09 December
#4. Peter, San Jose , USA
Very much in a realist style. Excellent use of shadow in the upper walls to bring out the highlights in his sister`s dress. Beautiful. 09 October
#3. JB, Ireland
Gorgeous ! 29 July
#2. christopher d ashley, Reading, UK
no, any artist could not do that. picasso had 2 sisters, one who died very young. look at the candles. if all you see is paint you know nothing of art. 22 June
#1. jack, netherlands
He did not even win the contest ,, drew when he was 15 ,, very unoriginal painting, anygood artist could do that. 02 September
12 recent comments
21 May Roberto Dantas Araújo wrote: 'Onde se localiza atualmente este auto retrato de Picasso com 90 anos de 1972 realizado a
lápis de cera?'
21 May Steve Wirth wrote: 'Is the patient really his sister? Look carefully. There are male features. I read somewhere the patient is the father of the child, both beggars which Picasso paid a tiny fee to model?'
20 May stephen andras from Texas wrote: 'I believe I might have come across an early oil painting by Picasso. It is oil painting signed P. Ruiz Picasso “98”
It is a painting on a church alongside a still body of water. Very realistic which was his style at that time - he would have been 17 years old. How could I find the location of this painting ?'
12 May Elva from Texas wrote: 'I really liked your article, but please, how do you know the month (April) and the age of little Raymonde (13 years). I have another year (10 years) do you have official documents.
Thank you for your answer.'
11 May lu from Texas wrote: 'Unlike the real thing, the color is too red.'
09 April kresa from Texas wrote: 'Sorry, isn't that an older portrait? are you sure about 1901?'
27 March Ralph from Somewhere in the USA wrote: 'He did a painting called Science and Charity. His father and sister Lola were his models. Lola was shown sick in bed. Pablo’s father posed as the doctor at her bedside. The painting was very realistic in style. It won a prize at an exhibit in Madrid. Pablo beat some of the best artists in Spain!'
16 March Adolph Blaine Charles from Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogery wrote: 'This is a wonderful artwork, highly enjoyable to decipher the meaning.
11 March Tabisa Mbeki from Lusikisiki wrote: 'I am impressed with this painting, it grabbed my attention and I wish I can read more history about it.'
27 February Yukiko from New York wrote: 'This reminds me of ancient Egypt. Looking very traditional.'
23 February Sonia from Australia wrote: 'What are the original dimensions of Maternity by Picasso?'
31 January Tomad from San Francisco wrote: 'What is the white object on the table? Next to the blue coffee pot.'