Rose Period

Picasso’s Rose Period was relatively short and sporadic; lasting from Autumn 1904 until the end of 1906. Numerous works consisted of bright colors such as pearl gray, ocher, pink, and red tones. Picasso also shifted his subject choice to actors, acrobats, and athletes; his inspiration derived from the Cirque Medrano being located so closely to Montmartre hill. Thematically, melodrama in its many manifestations (displayed through the costumes, accented gestures, etc.) are depicted through a variety of different people that are beautiful, ugly, young, and adult. It is through these figures that Picasso was essentially returning to the world of slightly transformed but real forms, dimensions, and spaces. His paintings were once again filled with life, in contrast to those from his Blue Period.