Pablo Picasso

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).

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). by Pablo Picasso

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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.

Title
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).
Artist/creator
Production date
29 Nov 1934
Medium
etching
Dimensions
668 x 773 mm
Inscription
picasso (l.r. margin - pencil)
Credit line
Mackelvie Trust Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1985
Accession no
M1985/30
Copyright
Copying restrictions apply
Department
International Art
Display status
Not on display

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