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The frugal repast



Pablo Picasso

Spain, France

25 Oct 1881 – 08 Apr 1973

  • Details

    Other Title
    The frugal meal
    Alternative title
    Le repas frugal
    Media category
    Materials used
    ii of 2 states. From an edition of 250 on van Gelder paper
    46.3 x 37.7 cm platemark; 64.4 x 50.6 cm sheet
    Signature & date

    Not signed. Not dated.

    Winifred Vere Hole Bequest Fund 1994
    Not on display
    Accession number
    © Pablo Picasso/Succession Pablo Picasso. Copyright Agency

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    Artist information
    Pablo Picasso

    Works in the collection


  • About

    The sentimentality in certain of Picasso's images from his Rose and Blue periods at the beginning of the twentieth century is unmistakable. It is also strategic. The Spanish painter had a native interest in emotive themes, especially those arising from the bohemia in which he was steeped in both Barcelona and Paris. 'The frugal repast' makes a powerful psychological appeal to the viewer. A thin-lipped woman of brittle demeanour and physique rests her head on a rigid hand as if it were a shelf. Her blind companion palpates her with fleshless fingers. The setting before them is as sparse as a desert landscape. For all this desolation, however, Picasso's self-consciously mannerist style makes it plain that this is not a slice of life but a work of art - a contrived one at that. Old Masters such as El Greco and Rosso Fiorentino were his models as much as the living ones Picasso doubtless observed.

    Art Gallery Handbook, 1999.

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 4 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 11 publications

Other works by Pablo Picasso

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