Musketeer with Sword
Vauvenargues o Mougins, January 28, 1972
Oil on canvas
116 x 89 cm
Museo Picasso Málaga. Gift of Bernard Ruiz-Picasso. MPM2.137
The chivalrous knights and children in Picasso’s late paintings seem to have stepped out of the pages of ancient romances and fairy tales. The artist worked with unprecedented freedom, simulating the decorative patterns of textiles and the artlessness of children’s drawings. But the complex interweaving of forms reveals the experience of eight decades of making art.
‘When visiting an exhibition of children’s drawings, some years later, he remarked: “When I was their age I could draw like Raphael, but it took me a lifetime to learn to draw like them.”
[Picasso quoted in Roland Penrose, Picasso: His Life and Work, Berkeley, University of California Press, 1981, p. 307]
What was happening in 1972?
- Picasso draws a series of self-portraits resembling death masks.
- Munich hosts the Olympic Games.
- Francis Ford Coppola’s film ‘The Godfather’ premieres.
- The United States launches Pioneer 10, the first space probe destined to take photographs of Jupiter, which also carried a message for aliens.