An image of The frugal repast

Pablo Picasso

(Spain, France 25 Oct 1881 – 08 Apr 1973)

The frugal repast

Other titles:
The frugal meal
Location
Not on display
Further information

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.

Year
1904
Media
Print
Medium
etching
Dimensions
46.3 x 37.7 cm platemark; 64.4 x 50.6 cm sheet
Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.

Credit
Winifred Vere Hole Bequest Fund 1994
Accession number
223.1994
Copyright
© Pablo Picasso/ Succession Pablo Picasso. Licensed by Copyright Agency