The Boy Leading the Horse – Pablo Picasso, 1906

In the picture we see a naked young man who leads a graceful horse – the figures of a man and an animal are drawn with special care and truthfulness, and are also deliberately emphasized with a clear, almost continuous line. All in this work breathes freedom and limitless space – and a naked boy, free from clothes, as from conventions, and a graceful horse, without the usual harness, and the earth without any kind of green cover, bushes and trees. A free man with a free animal walks on free land.
One of these iconic works is The Boy Leading the Horse. Grace, subtlety, cheerfulness in a compartment with light tones of pink, beige, gray and an elastic smooth line distinguishes both the pink period of Picasso in general and this picture in particular.

Picasso worked a lot at that time in the portrait genre, repeatedly reproducing his first lover, Fernando. The second passion was genre scenes, where the main characters were circus artists, comedians, wanderers, etc.

Description of the picture:

The boy leading the horse – Pablo Picasso. 1906. Oil on canvas. 220.6 x 131.2 cmThe “Pink Period” does not take so much time in Picasso’s work – only two years, but in such a short time the painter managed to create a number of paintings that were distinguished by their own style and laid the foundation for his fame.

Picasso himself longed for this freedom, trying to isolate himself from the tight shackles of academic art (and as we know, he still succeeded – he wrote canons for himself and created the aesthetics of new painting).

Seven years ago, a remarkable scandal was connected with this picture – a descendant of the former owner, Julius Schoeps, wanted to regain the “Boy with a Horse” by taking him from the Museum of Modern Art in New York. The great-nephew of an already deceased banker claimed that the painting was transferred to the museum illegally. The banker wanted to sell the painting, allegedly no longer being its owner, as he forgot that he had already gifted the painting to his second wife Elsa. Nevertheless, through trials in the old family business, the museum defended the wonderful picture of Picasso, leaving it in its former place in its beautiful collection.