The Symbolism and History of Pablo Picasso's "Friendship"
Pablo Picasso (1881–1973) was one of the most influential figures in modern art and is renowned for his pioneering work in cubism, surrealism and other genres. One of his greatest works, “Friendship” (1956), reflects both his artistic style as well as the turbulent political events happening at the time in Spain. By analyzing this painting, we can gain insight into some of the symbolic elements as well as contextual influences that shaped its creation.
The canvas features two abstract figures seated side by side – an older man to the left and a young boy to the right – surrounded by a bright yellow-orange halo. This composition can be seen to represent friendship even though their faces are completely blank which may have been Picasso’s way of expressing emotion without getting too explicit during this period where censorship was prevalent. The use of color also plays a big role here with the orange evoking feelings of warmth, comfort and security whilst also drawing attention to their connection. Additionally, light has been used to create shadows and paintings around them making them more prominent than other areas on the canvas.
The painting was created during Spain’s Third Republic period (1931–1975). This was a very tumultuous time full of political unrest due to growing tensions between left-wing Republicans and right-wing Nationalists which eventually led to the Spanish Civil War (1936–39). It is possible that this work attempts to portray solidarity between people despite ideological differences as a way to find common ground during such uncertain times of upheaval.
By considering these elements – symbolism, color theory and historical context – we can gain further understanding into artwork like “Friendship” by Pablo Picasso. Furthermore, by analyzing symbols within pieces like this we can unlock hidden meanings behind them which can be incredibly insightful into other works from various periods too.
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