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The canvas was created in 1926 by oil on canvas.
Picasso is considered one of the great artists of the 20th century. His paintings are valued in millions of dollars. But not all of his works are understandable to the perception of an ordinary person. Untrained, they can shock. The whole life of Picasso is divided into life periods that influenced his perception of the world and people.
“The Artist and the Model” is one of the paintings in the cycle of paintings on this subject. It depicts an artist who paints a nude model on canvas. Picasso has been repeatedly accused of misogyny for his distortion of the figures and faces of women.
Perhaps this is due to his difficult relationship with his first wife, with whom he never improved relations. On his canvases, he purposely disfigures an unrecognizable figure and face.
The painting from the series “Artist and Model” of 1926 was no exception to this rule. It refers to the period of Picasso's life called surrealism. This is one of the most difficult stages in life for an artist. He was often prone to hysteria and fear in his work.
Just during this period, an additional negative impact on the formation of images in the head of Picasso had a bad relationship with his wife. He threw out his aggression on images of women in ugly forms.
The model is depicted with bizarre thick fingers on her arms and legs. They seemed to swell from an insect bite. But even more impressive is the woman's chest. It has an incomprehensible shape and is not located in accordance with the human anatomy. The skin has a white-blue color, like a girl not from our planet. Looking at the artist, one gets the impression of a bifurcation in the eyes.
The picture is simultaneously surprising and shocking, however, like all the works of Picasso. Although, nevertheless, there are more adequate and similar to normal canvases in this cycle. Picasso is very difficult to understand.
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