Youth in an Archway

Pablo Picasso Spanish

Not on view

Most authors trace this figure and pose to antiquity, seeing the youth as a type of kouros: the static, monumental Greek sculptures of athletic young men associated with the cult of Apollo. However, the pose was more likely a memory of Michelangelo (himself deeply inspired by antiquity), whose Dying Slave at the Musée du Louvre fascinated countless artists, including Paul Cézanne and Henri Matisse, both of whom were of special interest to Picasso at precisely this moment. Indeed, in the art of Cézanne and Matisse, Picasso found encouragement to explore the expressivity of the nude figure independent of the trappings of everyday life.

Youth in an Archway, Pablo Picasso (Spanish, Malaga 1881–1973 Mougins, France), Conté crayon on paper

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