A woman sitting in a chair, Picasso, around 1910

A woman sitting in a chair, Picasso, around 1910
A woman sitting in a chair, Picasso, around 1910 - 1

  • Posted by Pablo Picasso
  • Museum: Beyeler Foundation Museum (Bazelle)
  • Year: Around 1910

Overview of the painting :

The woman sitting in the chair is Pablo Picasso. Around 1910. Oil on canvas. 94×75

   Wanting to present in his paintings an object of interest in the fullness of its possible angles, Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) began to combine in the image several types of the same object that captured different points of view on it. The artist tried to show things to the real world and people not only as the eye sees them, but also in forms available to mental eyes and reason. He began to divide his living and inanimate models into fragments resembling geometric figures, tearing them like a solid sheet of paper into uneven pieces, and then spontaneously connecting these angular “details” In the order that, in his opinion, more expressed his own essence of the depicted. The prospect disappeared, the palette tends to monochrome, and although the original goal of cubism was to more accurately and convincingly than with the help of traditional techniques, reproduce the content and shape of the object, the images in Picasso’s paintings sometimes turned into an incomprehensible mixture of various geometric elements.

   The painting “Woman sitting in a chair” is written in the second phase of the cubic period in the work of the famous Spanish painter. This work was done in the style of the so-called analytical cubism, which he addressed in 1909. The artist turns the image into a fractional pattern of small geometric shapes through which the visual motive looks: in the center of the composition is the brush of a thin hand with long fingers. In such canvases, the expressiveness of the newly created ornamental shape and gradations of color gravitating to a single tone is of great importance. In this case, gray-blue shades prevail in the colorful range of paintings.