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Pablo Picasso

Une famille Catalane

pen and Indian ink on paper
1902
30,4 x 23,5 cm / 12 x 9 1/4 in.
signed lower left verso 'Mère et enfant'

In 1902, Picasso had just returned to Barcelona. For some time the young artist travelled to and fro between Barcelona and Paris before finally moving to Paris in 1904. He lived in dire conditions and often did not have money to buy painting material. The human figure is a central theme during that time of the famous Blue Period, and among these, he often depicts a mother with a child. In "Une famille Catalane" a young family clad in traditional Catalan costume is proudly presenting itself to the viewer. The woman is shown on horseback carrying her baby, while the man holds the reigns. The austere, upright pose of the mother brings to mind a gothic Madonna. The baby she is carrying in her arm holds a twig in his hand. The drawing has an archaic simplicity which evokes references to religious devotional images.

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