Pablo Picasso

La Poupée

By this carving, Picasso depicts an absolute symbol of the infancy. The use of cardboard and crayons playfully depicts a doll, which is can be observed from two sides, front and back. The cutting technique has already been explored by the artist; however, the doll subject remains very rare in his work. In addition to an infancy symbol, the doll also represents social changes, new societal techniques, the animate and the inanimate, the toy and the fetish. The white strokes referring to the skin of the model along with the intense blue of her eyes are reminiscent of antique porcelain dolls which were very common at the beginning of the twenty-century.


The composition was a gift from the artist for his friend and Italian actress Lucia Bosè and perhaps fated to her young son. The artwork was composed at his new dwelling named Notre-Dame-de-Vie based in Mougins, a small village in southern France. The artist lived there in tranquility, withdrawn from crowded cities, which has influenced his artistic creation. Paintings and drawings often chronicled a fleeting thought, an observation coming from his daily existence or his most distant memories, which in its alternation signals of a stylistic change. For Picasso, the early sixties were also the beginning of works with the theme as Jacqueline Roque and then the artist and his model. Themes that paced his creations, where the composition as "La poupée" was an exception.


Nowadays, Pablo Picasso's artworks are gathered in museum entirely dedicated to him as the Musée National Picasso in Paris or the Museu Picasso in Barcelona. Moreover, his compositions are also exhibited by the most prominent global institutions as The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Art Institute in Chicago but also The Hermitage Museum in Saint Saint-Petersburg.