The girl on the ball - Pablo Picasso. 147x95
At the beginning of the 20th century, associated with the massive search for a new aesthetic in painting, the turbulent conflict between tradition and innovation, the alarming expectations of events from the coming century, a kind of spiritual relationship developed between innovative artists and traveling circus performers. This kinship was due to the equally careless attitude of society towards these people, the constant and painful creative search, everyday disorder, the unpredictability of fate and eternal wanderings.
Among the masters of painting at this time, the plot is very popular, associated with the work, life and life of traveling circus performers.
The audience is presented with a rehearsal of a street troupe. A thin and fragile girl skillfully balances on an unstable ball, next to her is a static and powerful gymnast who carefully watches her young partner, at any moment ready to come to her aid, help with advice, suggest. In his eyes care and anxiety for the future of the gymnast.
The blue color, in which almost all the works of the previous difficult period were painted, is still present in the work, but is noticeably losing ground to a lighter and more positive pink. The work space is organized differently, the perspective has appeared, the background has been revived.
The meaning of the work is a conflict of forms. The instability and mobility of the ball is opposed to the stability and heaviness of the cube. The heroes of the work only emphasize the contrast. Instability and variability of youth is opposed to reliability and stability of maturity.
The work is filled with air, there are many completely pure color fields. Landscape on a desert background. He is revived only by a couple of random spectators, as well as a peacefully grazing horse. These minor details, in fact, play a crucial role in the work. The author as if returns to life, begins to see its versatility and dynamics. The picture is saturated with energy and mobility. The author managed to convey not only the stability and reliability of the cube, but also the mobility and unreliability of the ball.
In this work, the artist boldly works with color, sometimes choosing it almost spontaneously. A greenish sky and a pinkish landscape make the work warm and kind, and red details add to the plot of playfulness and frivolity.
It is known that the painting was sold to a European collector along with the other 30 works of the artist. And in 1913 it was acquired by the Russian philanthropist Morozov. The famous connoisseur of modern painting was captivated by the special atmosphere of the work, its innovative spirit and aesthetic avant-garde.