©Pablo Picasso - Woman in an Armchair 1927

1927 Woman in an Armchair
Woman in an Armchair
1927 128x97cm oil/canvas
Fondation Beyeler, Switzerland

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From Fondation Beyeler, Switzerland:
Between 1926 and 1929 Picasso worked intensively on the theme of the model in the studio. But did he actually do this painting in his studio with a life model? A preliminary drawing in a sketchbook from the same year (at the Musée Picasso, Paris) shows that he had already finalized the composition before starting the painting. In his drawings he also experimented with spatial projections of the entirely flat pictorial elements in the painting. Besides the outside world of nature, he also found inspiration in the inner world of the imagination. Here we see the ghostlike figure of a woman, bright yellow and baring her teeth in the form of vagina dentate, as she slides through the colour zones and structures of the painting. Sections of the body and suggestions of an interior are taken apart and reassembled into an abstract structure.