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This work, written by Picasso in the style of synthetic cubism, was created by him in Fontainebleau in the summer of 1921. It is generally accepted that she depicts the deceased Guillaume Apollinaire, Max Jacob and the artist himself. Apollinaire is portrayed as Pierrot with clarinet, Jacob is written in the image of a monk with an accordion, and Picasso appears to us like Harlequin with a violin. Now the canvas hangs in the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
The beginning of the twenties, despite the rapidly developing military events, became the most fruitful in the life of the author of the canvas. The artist was not subject to military draft, so during this period he devoted himself completely to creativity. The first years of World War I brought him peace and inexhaustible creative inspiration. He plunged into work and in solitude experimented in forms and color palettes.
The picture is realistic, but neoclassicism cannot be overlooked in it. The figures seem to be modeled separately from each other, we have a feeling that they are individually glued to the canvas. Thanks to the style chosen by the author, the boundaries of the characters do not look rigid. They are heavy, but the contours of their bodies seem to diverge in space, allowing you to see volume, texture, mood and movement.
The well-known Spanish artist peeped in the troupe of the Roman theater for traditional clownish robes in the style of "comedy del arte" for the main characters of his canvas. He tried to catch every smallest detail, which allowed him to convey the most realistic images of friends in his work. He suffered from the limitations of the chosen style, which did not allow him to fully embody all creative thoughts. That is why Picasso seeks to modernize the formed canons and add personality to them.
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