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When in Spain Picasso drew inspiration from its harsh light, cubic architecture and passionate and often violent customs. His work was often based on contrasting forms or ideas. Here the young and handsome man on the right is depicted with only a few lines, so that the figure seems bathed with light, his gesture reminiscent of Christ's benediction. The older man on the left is made up of calligraphic arabesques layered in part to make an inky blackness, the drawn whorls on his hands suggesting the gnarled texture of old age.
- The Drinkers (Two Catalan Fishermen) or. La Taberna, Jeune Pêcheur Catalan Racontant sa Vie à un Vieux Pêcheur Barbu (The Tavern. A Young Catalan Fisherman Sharing Stories with an Old Bearded Fisherman).
- Production date
- 29 Nov 1934
- 668 x 773 mm
- picasso (l.r. margin - pencil)
- Credit line
- Mackelvie Trust Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1985
- Accession no
- Copying restrictions apply
- International Art
- Display status
- Not on display
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