Pablo Picasso


1932 The two factors triggered at the same time: Picasso’s new muse Marie-Therese Walter, whose “fascinating face” he desiderated to picture, immediately notifying his new female friend that “we will do great things together”, and the closeness to the circle of Andre Breton. It was in the gallery of Pierre in 1925 that Picasso first took part in a group exhibition of the Surrealists (before that, his works were presented at the personal exhibitions only).

The first issue of La Revolution Surrealiste published a photograph of Picasso’s design from 1914, in the second issue there were two pages devoted to the artist’s drawings, and the fourth issue (07.15.1925) published a reproduction of the scandalous "The Young Ladies of Avignon", created 18 years earlier. It was due to Breton that the painting’s canvas was rolled out, retrieved from a dark corner of the workshop and sold to a collector named Jacques Doucet.

With daughter Maya
1935 In such paintings as "Woman with a Flower (1932)", "Girl before a Mirror (Marie-Therese Walter) (1932)", "Lying Naked on a Red Cushion (Marie-Therese) (1932)" and others Picasso was exploring his latest model like a child, who disassembled a new toy to see what was spinning and beeping inside it. As a study subject, the body is separated into pieces; the fragments twist and fold in a new way. It is as if the artist is trying to figure what will happen if he puts the pieces this or that way.

However, the flowing lines and “coziness” of Marie-Therese’s portraits do not exclude the emergence of other works, which could be signed with Breton’s credo: “Beauty is either convulsive or it is not there”. The first work in which the artist experimented with sorting of human parts and folding them into new combinations was "Three Dancers (1925)". In 1930, Picasso created another piece full of expression, the "Crucifixion", which is considered a landmark on the way from Three Dancers to "Guernica (1937)".

It was the same period that numerous bathers were created, some of whom were marked with a couple of color spots ("Bather Opening a Cabin (1928)"), other paintings contain yet another vivisection of the female body and the construction of monsters from its constituents: "Bather with Arms Raised (1929)", "Seated Bather on the Beach (1930)", "Young Girl Throwing a Rock (1931)", and "Figures at the Seaside".

To summarize Picasso’s seven-year wandering in the wilds of Surrealism: “I paint objects as I think them, not as I see them”.

Pablo Picasso. Bather Opening a Cabin, 1928
Bather Opening a Cabin, 1928
Pablo Picasso. Nude on a Beach, 1929
Nude on a Beach, 1929
Pablo Picasso. Nude on a Beach, 1929
Nude on a Beach, 1929
Pablo Picasso. Nude in an Armchair, 1929
Nude in an Armchair, 1929
Pablo Picasso. Acrobat, 1930
Acrobat, 1930

All surrealistic works