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
27 September obeido 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 wrote: 'Love cats , so going to help with my art exam !'
11 September November 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 »???'
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21 May Steve Wirth from :l 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 ?'
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11 May lu from Texas wrote: 'Unlike the real thing, the color is too red.'