|| |Pablo PICASSO - La ronde des Fillettes
oil on canvas - 1901
signed upper right38 x 56.5 cm. Price :
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Pablo Picasso’s Les Blondes Chevelures (La Ronde des Fillettes) was painted in Paris in the spring of 1901 when Picasso was barely 20. The painting belongs to a group of works he produced in the frenetically creative few weeks leading up to his first Paris exhibition, which opened at Ambroise Vollard’s gallery on June 24, 1901. The picture was given to Felicien Fagus (Georges Faillet) by the artist as token of his gratitude for his review of the Vollard show, in La Revue Blanche, in 1901
The composition is a wonderfully vigorous and spontaneous synthesis of French and Spanish inspiration with memories of Velasquez’s Las Meninas and Goya’s dancing children, but vibrantly recast under the influence of avant-garde French painting. The canvas recalls a composition by Paul Gauguin of three dancing girls.