The male figure which dominates this scene appears in many of Picasso's works from this time. Josep Palau i Fabre describes the appearance of this figure in the oeuvre of Picasso: "The second avalanche of characters in the Pink Period, with a specific personality that distinguished them quite clearly from the previous ones, is that of the circus acrobats. And their irruption is even more tumultuous than that of the harlequins or the traveling acrobats. It may be supposed that their appearance on the scene coincides with one of Picasso's visits to the Cirque Medrano, where he went both to see the show and to observe the acrobats in their life out of the ring... what we see in these works is, in effect, a family or clan of eleven people, ranging from an old woman to a child in swaddling clothes and revolving around a strong, corpulent man who presides over the whole group" (Josep Palau i Fabre, Picasso, The Early Years, 1881-1907, Paris, 1981, pp. 412-13).
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