The Actor by Pablo Picasso

The Actor

The Actor by Pablo Picasso

Painting Details

20th Century Artist: Pablo Picasso
Title and Year: The Actor or L'acteur, 1904
Size: 196.2cm x 115.3cm
Medium: Oil on Canvas
Collection: Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC, New York, United States of America
Subject: Portraits


Like many struggling artists Picasso used whatever materials were available to him at the time. With the actor he has painted it on the back of a landscape painting done by another artist. He is moving from the downtrodden and impoverished to the outcast and theatrical, he's also moving from blues and dark colors to the pinks and lighter colors of his Rose period.

The painting was gifted to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City by the daughter of the automaker Walter Chrysler, Thelma Chrysler Foy. In 2010 the painting was ripped by an art student who stumbled and fell into the work. The 15cm tear was not in a central area of the painting and was fully repaired.

See more Picasso Blue Period Paintings, Cubist Paintings or Late Picasso Paintings.

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