Analysis Of ' Picasso 's ' Arte And Ballet Russes '

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Introduction: Prior to completing Three Musicians, Pablo Picasso was associated with the refined world of ballet as he became the set designer for multiple performances across Europe. Picasso took inspiration from his experiences with commedia dell’arte and Ballet Russes to complete Three Musicians in Fontainebleau, France during the summer of 1921. Picasso’s influence with theater is evident in this painting as he depicts himself as the Harlequin, which is a common motif found in commedia dell’arte that ties in with the Rose Period from his earlier life. Not only does the Harlequin symbolize theatre and Picasso’s alter-ego but the Perriot and Monk figures are cubist manifestations of his two poet friends, one of whom passed away. Despite Picasso’s evident influence with theatre in this work, Three Musicians aims to utilize the flat, angular, and colorful figures of the painting to tell a cubist narrative of his personal life and friendships.
Body 1, introduce the work: Three Musicians is not only symbolic of Picasso’s collaborative work with Commedia Dell’Arte in countries such as France and Italy, but it also a significant piece of Synthetic Cubism. Three Musicians is currently on view at the Museum of Modern Art and its large scale measures 6 ' 7" x 7 ' 3 3/4". This painting is one of two versions, both of which are oil on canvas and completed in 1921. MoMA publications distinguish this version as an important representation of synthetic cubism but, simply stating this…
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