Mother and Child, 1921
Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) oil on canvas at the Art Institute of Chicago. Written near the painting: In 1917 Picasso traveled to Rome to design sets and costumes for Sergei Diaghilev's Ballets Russes. Impressed by the ancient and Renaissance art of the city, he began painting monumental figures inspired by antiquity. His new classical style was influenced by the work of Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres and Pierre-Auguste Renoir. "Mother and Child" was also inspired by Picasso's own life. Three years earlier, he married Olga Koklova, a Russian dancer, with whom he had a son in 1921. For the next few years, Picasso produced at least 12 images of mothers and children, returning to a theme that he had explored during his Blue Period, though his new works were radically different in their sculptural quality and monumental scale.