Family of Saltimbanques by Pablo Picasso

Family of Saltimbanques

Family of Saltimbanques by Pablo Picasso

Painting Details

20th Century Artist: Pablo Picasso
Title and Year: Family of Saltimbanques or La famille de saltimbanques, 1905
Size: 212.8cm x 229.6cm
Medium: Oil on Canvas
Collection: National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., United States of America
Subject: Figures


One of the more refined and accomplished paintings from his Rose period or Pink period, and certainly one of the largest works from the period at over 2 meters by 2 meters.

Picasso painted the circus on many occasions around the time this painting was completed. The artist was inspired by his visits to the Cirque Médrano in Montmartre. Pablo Picasso used the circus performers to refer to the artist's alienation and outsider image, particularly the image of a modern artist breaking new ground.

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

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