Pablo Picasso 1881-1973 BACK

Joy of Life 1946
oil on canvas 120x250cm
Musee Picaso

Joy of Life
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Sixteen studies were made in preparation for this major work from the Antibes collection. The studies show how the arrangement of the central figures and their features developed. A background exists only in this, the final work.

Once again Picasso's uses his life as a subject for a painting. Picasso, Sima, and Gilot have become the faun, the nymph, and the centaur, while the goats represent his two children. Picasso once stated, 'It is strange that in Paris I never draw fauns, centuars or mythological hereos like this. You would think that they only exist here.'

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