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Pablo Picasso
Harlequin and His Companion (The Saltimbanque). 1901

The picture was painted in Paris and develops a subject typical of the early Picasso, a Paris cafe where circus artistes and actors gather and find work. This is one of the first examples of Picasso dealing with what became a key theme for him, the fate of the creative individual. The tragic image of the travelling artiste symbolises the heavy burden people take on by devoting their life to art and the misunderstanding and mockery they encounter. Ivan Morozov bought this masterpiece of Picasso's at the Ambroise Vollard gallery in Paris in 1908.

Pablo Picasso