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Boy with a pipe ( Garçon à la pipe ) ...
Boy with a pipe ( Garçon à la pipe )
"Garçon à la pipe" is a painting by Pablo Picasso. It was painted in 1905 when Picasso was 24 years old, during his Rose Period. The painting despicts a Parisian boy holding a pipe in his left hand and waring a garland o wreath of flowers.
The first preparations of this work involved positioning the boy in all types of poses like standing, sitting or leaning against the wall. After much repositioning of the model, Picasso decided to go with the boy sitting down. The first works doesn`t show any objects othe than the pipe.
Although Picasso started to paint, he spend one month to paint it. During this time, Picasso decided to finish it off by putting a garland of flowers on the boy`s head. It´s not known why P. Picasso decided to do this, but there is a contrast between feminity and masculinity in the picture.
- The boy:
Le Bateau-Lavoir was where Picasso lived during the work. Some of the local people made a living in the entertainment industry, such as being clowns or acrobats. Picasso used many local people in his pictures, but few things are known about the boy in the picture.
What appears to be fact from comments made from a variety of sources is that the boy was a model in his teen years who hung around Picasso´s studio and volunteered to pose for Picasso. Picasso said about the boy:
" ..local types, actores, gentlemen, delinquents... He stayed there, sometimes the whole day. He watched me work. He loved that."
From his comment, suppositions can be made. The firs is that Picasso didn`t want poeple to know wha was the boy, and the second is Picasso didn`t really know the boy. However, many reports say the bay is petit Louis or "Little Louis".
- The painting was first bought by John Hay Whitney in 1950 for $30.000
- On 5 may in 2004 the picture was sold for $104,168,000 at Sotheby's auction in New York City. Sotheby’s didn`t say who bought the painting, but the source assumed that it was Guido Barilla, owner of the Barilla Group who bought the painting. At the time, it broke the record for the amount paid for an auctioned painting.