A striking representative of the "pink period" of the work of the Spanish artist Pablo Picasso is the painting "Boy with a pipe." At the time of writing this canvas, the genius of the brush was only 24 years old; he wrote it in Montmarte, in the dormitory of Bato Lavoir, in 1905. In the picture you can see an unknown boy man holding a pipe in his left hand and wearing a crown of large bright roses on his head.
The portrait “The Boy with the Pipe” has long been special, the main work in the collection of the famous collector of America - J. Whitney. In the recent 2004, the image of an unknown child left the Sotheby’s auction for $ 104 million. The starting price of $ 70 million was already unprecedented for the art market.
How high the cost is understandable. First of all, the provenance of the portrait was impeccable. Secondly, the painting “Boy with a pipe” is unique - the works of early Pablo Picasso are very rarely seen in the market; almost all representatives of its “pink” and “blue” periods belong to museum exhibits.
Such a price at that moment was a record, overtaking the price that had been held for 15 years by a painting by the Dutch master Van Gogh called “Portrait of Dr. Gachet”. The record for “Boy with a pipe” lasted 6 years, until 2010.
In the choice of colors, the master gave preference to pink-golden, pink-gray tones; the blue suit on the child is a symbol of this person’s soreness and estrangement from the whole world.
The circumstances of writing the masterpiece of Picasso are interesting. He was a representative of the Parisian bohemia, the brightest representatives of which was Guillaume Appoliner, artist Georges Braque, Amadeo Modigliani, Henri Matisse. But on the other hand, he lived in a very poor quarter, talking with local residents, completely poor and lost people.
His acquaintances included prostitutes, stray artists, street vendors. The portrait “Boy with a pipe” depicts little Louis, a street boy who became a friend of the great Spanish artist. The child often watched the work of the master, and over time he himself became a character in his paintings.
It is not surprising that such a mysterious work is listed in the Guinness Book of Records as one of the most expensive paintings. The result of the “pink period” of the great Picasso “Boy with a pipe” surely took fifth place in this list.
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