©Pablo Picasso - Musicians with masks 1921

Picasso Musicians with masks 1921
Musicians with masks
1921 204x188cm oil/canvas
Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA, USA

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From Philadelphia Museum of Art:
The three masked musicians in this painting represent comic figures from the tradition of popular theater in Italy. This Cubist concert features Harlequin playing a violin, Pierrot witha recorder, and a Franciscan friar holding an accordion. The painting has been interpreted as a nostalgic elegy to a trio of friends: the recently deceased poet and critic Guillaume Apollinaire (Pierrot), the poet Max Jacob (the friar), and Picasso himself as the Harlequin.