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Mid-Week Musings: Picasso's Rose Period

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We're big Picasso fans here at The Sill. Arguably, one of the greatest and most influential artists of the 20th century. If you hadn't already guessed it, our Blue Collection pays homage to the cool, somber tones of Picasso's Blue Period. Although he had difficulty selling these monochromatic works at the time, they have become some of his most popular paintings. It was only fitting then, with Valentine's Day around the corner, to launch the Rose Collection, an assortment of easy-care succulents tucked inside terra cotta pots in rosy hues, to pay homage to Picasso's Rose Period.

The Rose Period is thought to be inspired by French artist and model Fernande Olivier, Picasso's first love and the subject of over sixty of his portraits. He met Fernande in 1904, at the end of his Blue Period. It is said that their relationship is one of the reasons he changed his somber color pallet and subject matter. The Rose Period is characterized by a happier pallet of red, pink, and orange hues, and features reoccurring characters: circus people, acrobats, harlequins, and of course Fernande. 

The pair had a tempestuous relationship, and once Picasso achieved fame and fortune, he began to lose interest in Fernande. Intrigued? Check out "Loving Picasso: The Private Journal of Fernande Olivier". Below are some of our favorite Rose Period works. 

Portrait of Fernande Olivier in headscarves, 1906

Seated Female Nude, 1905

Boy with a Pipe, 1905

The Girl with a Goat, 1906

Harlequin's Family with an Ape, 1905

Family of Saltimbaques, 1905

(Images via WikiPaintings and Pablo Picasso Paintings

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