Ma Jolie

Ma Jolie
Artist Pablo Picasso
Year 1914
Medium Oil on canvas
Location Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis
Dimensions 21.125 in × 25.625 in
53.66 cm × 65.09 cm

Ma Jolie, one of his popular works shows an analysis of the visual elements of the subject. Each element of the painting is shown in a flattened, geometric area. Ma Jolie was derived from the famous song that was often played at a Parisian Music Hall Picasso frequently visited. The painting is a perfect blend of language, symbolic meaning and near abstraction.

The painting also represents the traditional portrait of the artist’s beloved, Marcella Humbert. Marcella Humbert was also called Ma Jolie by Picasso. When closely observed, the painting represents a lady holding a guitar.

About the Author

Born in 1881, Pablo Picasso was a Spanish painter and sculptor. He was very bold with his artwork, and this was reflected in his paintings. Cubism was just one of his contributions to the history of art. It is hard to characterize paintings by Pablo Picasso as different styles were exhibited in each of his artworks.

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