Le Repas Frugal had been in 1904 the first successful attempt by Picasso to transfer a deep emotion through a printed image. It was made at the end of the Période Bleue.
Le Repas Frugal is an allegory of poverty staging the meagre meal of a couple of acrobats whose job is to entertain the crowds in the circus. Both are desperately emaciated. The man is blind. The meal is finished but they are still hungry. They do not expect anything.
Vollard purchased the plates from the series of Saltimbanques in 1913. The job made by Picasso in 1904 was a masterpiece in terms of imaging but the printing was altogether beautiful and clumsy. The about thirty original prints of Le Repas Frugal had been made from a second-hand plate which Vollard had to make strengthened for preparing the edition of 250.
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