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Family of Saltimbanques, 1905

 
 
 
 
 
Details     Description
   
Artist Picasso, Pablo Every few years Picasso concentrates into one large painting the problems of an entire period of work. The composition of The Saltimbanques was perhaps suggested by Manet’s painting of an old musician seated out-of-doors and surrounded by five figures three of them children. The preliminary studies differ considerably from the finished picture, and while at work on the canvas itself , Picasso changed the composition several times. In the final painting, as the detail reveals, the profile of the harlequin at the left had been altered to suggest a self-portrait of the artist.

 

 
Date

1905

 
Institution National Gallery of Art
   
Medium Oil on canvas
 
Dimensions 212.8 × 229.6 cm
 
 
 
 

 

 

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