Pablo Picasso was born in Spain, created in France, and his work belongs to the world. But not that real, habitual, tangible sense organs, but turned inside out, simplified to primitiveness, chaotic and disharmonious world.
Feeling boldly breaking, and rudely destroying all traditions and laws, going beyond the limits of natural proportions and accepted perspectives, Picasso’s work is shocking, discouraging, repelling and mesmerizing. Passing on the verge of ugliness, it subtly touches the deepest, hidden from itself strings of the human soul.
Pigeons are one of the artist’s most favorite topics. His famous dove of peace flew around all continents, and he named his youngest daughter, who was born when the artist was almost 70 years old, in the name of the dove, in Spanish Paloma. Picasso knew well the habits of pigeons and did not flatter himself about their nobility. These are weak, stupid, extremely aggressive birds that don’t have to peck anything before the death of their relative.
The painting "Pigeons" has several options that differ slightly from each other. You can consider four paintings of the same name, which represent an open terrace with a view of the sea, where doves live. In the first version, the background is well spelled out - a corner of the sea landscape, a small sand spit with a tree on it. Two birds coo on the lattice of the terrace, two doves sit on the grass, one more - in niches, possibly on nests.
In the second and third versions, the pictures of pigeons are much larger; the overgrown plants obscure the view of the sea. The fourth picture is drawn with strokes, more unrealistic than previous works. Three pigeons peck food on the floor, three sit in cages, another sits on a grate, barely marked against the sky. And what does all this mean, no one knows.
Saint Sebastian Titian