Diego Velazquez's painting “Meninas,” which was also called the “Family of Philip IV,” was painted in 1956 and is one of the most famous paintings in the world. Currently stored in the Prado Museum in Madrid.
The Picasso Museum in Barcelona houses 58 variations no less well-known throughout the world on the theme of “Menin”, written by Pablo Picasso in 1957 and entitled “Menins. According to Velazquez. "
The artist painted 44 canvases for 4 four months, in which the painting as a whole and the images from it succumbed to thorough study. Picasso abandoned the realistic manner of writing and used the technology of "plastic symbols", which is a symbol of transforming space, open local colors and geometric shapes. By 1957, Picasso regained complete creative freedom, having gone through a series of experiments before that, which allowed him to create his own vision of life.
The artist approached the study of the picture from a philosophical point of view: each image was examined from at least two sides, the sides of good and evil. A dog can be either a black prickly wolf or a white innocent creature. The first character on the right is the boy Nicolasito, who can personify childhood and immediacy and, at the same time, be a symbol of aggression.
Both in the first and in the second variant the same triangle and red color are played out. The maid of honor, the serving glass, Maria Agustina Sarmiento, absorbed in her image a childish naive touch moving into malice. The final result is a green triangle - a symbol of death, into which the face of a little girl passes, before which it has turned into a white gypsum mask.
The image of the court marshal goes from the “man in black” to the torn Christ. Young Margarita is depicted in a more stable way - the light of white and yellow is fixed to her, and in open arms Picasso saw the gesture of the crucified Christ.
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