©Pablo Picasso - Claude and Paloma playing 1950

Picasso Claude and Paloma playing 1950
Claude and Paloma playing
1950 118x145cm oil/canvas
Private collection

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During the late 1940s and early 1950s, Picasso devoted hundreds of paintings, drawings, and prints to the depiction of his two youngest children, Claude and Paloma, born to his companion Françoise Gilot in 1947 and 1949. By then in his mid-sixties, a public figure of world-wide renown, Picasso found in his spirited offspring a stylistic fountain of youth, which left deep imprints on his pictorial language. In the paintings of Claude and Paloma, Picasso created an unequalled symbiosis of subject and form, depicting the children's untrammeled world of play and fantasy in a surface-bound, graphic style that is decidedly tailored to the modes of expression of a child.