Thursday, November 06, 2014

Picasso's Weeping Women

I've been thinking about how I want to approach writing this blog. I am not really interested in writing criticism, it's a mind numbing task which takes the passion out of the art for me. I do look at a lot of art online, on a daily basis and I have decided that I will start posting what I am looking at, online and in the galleries.

In 1937 Picasso was 56, and Spain was embroiled in a civil war. Over the next 12 months, Picasso, inspired by the catastrophe of Guernica, made an extraordinary series of images of a woman in tears. There is not much to say about them, she speaks for herself. Picasso gave painting the power to evoke emotions beyond mere appearance. There ar 18 images, arranged in chronological order, a mini exhibition.

Pablo Picasso
Portrait de Dora Maar
Date: 28-January/1937
Medium: Pencil & stump drawing
Dimension: 12.4 x 15.94 inches (31,5 x 40,5 cm)
Collection: Private collection

April 26, 1937: Guernica is bombed to rubble by the Facists.
Wiki link, read all about it.


Pablo Picasso
Guernica [Étude]
Date: 24-May/1937
Medium: Pencil & gouache on paper
Dimension: 9.13 x 11.54 inches (23,2 x 29,3 cm)
Collection: Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid


Pablo Picasso
Guernica [Étude]
Date: 24-May/1937
Medium: Pencil & gouache on paper
Dimension: 11.5 x 9.13 inches (29,2 x 23,2 cm)
Collection: Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid


Pablo Picasso
Guernica [Étude]
Date: 28-May/1937
Medium: Pencil, crayon & gouache
Dimension: 9.13 x 11.54 inches (23,2 x 29,3 cm)
Collection: Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid


Pablo Picasso
Guernica [Étude]
Date: 31-May/1937
Medium: Pencil, crayon & gouache
Dimension: 9.13 x 11.54 inches (23,2 x 29,3 cm)
Collection: Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid


Pablo Picasso
Guernica [Étude]
Date: 3-June/1937
Medium: Pencil, crayon & gouache
Dimension: 9.13 x 11.54 inches (23,2 x 29,3 cm)
Collection: Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid


Pablo Picasso
Guernica [Étude]
Date: 3-June/1937
Medium: Pencil, crayon & gouache
Dimension: 9.13 x 11.54 inches (23,2 x 29,3 cm)
Collection: Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid


Pablo Picasso
La femme qui pleure
Date: 3-June/1937
Medium: Pencil, color crayon & gray gouache on white paper
Dimension: 9.13 x 11.54 inches (23,2 x 29,3 cm)
Collection: Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid


Pablo Picasso
La femme qui pleure
Date: 8-June/1937
Medium: Pencil, color crayon & gray gouache on white paper
Dimension: 11.46 x 9.13 inches (29,1 x 23,2 cm)
Collection: Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid


Pablo Picasso
Guernica [Étude]
Date: 13-June/1937
Medium: Pencil & crayon
Dimension: 11.42 x 9.06 inches (29 x 23 cm)
Collection: Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid


Pablo Picasso
La femme qui pleure avec mouchoir I
Date: 22-June/1937
Medium: Oil on canvas
Dimension: 21.65 x 18.23 inches (55 x 46,3 cm)
Collection: Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid


Pablo Picasso
La femme qui pleure
Date: 22-June/1937
Medium: Oil on canvas
Dimension: 21.85 x 17.91 inches (55,5 x 45,5 cm)
Collection: Fondation Beyeler, Riehen/Basel


Pablo Picasso
La femme qui pleure I
Date: 26-June/1937
Medium: Crayons & gouache on canvas
Dimension: 21.65 x 18.23 inches (55 x 46,3 cm)
Collection: Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid


Pablo Picasso
La femme qui pleure au foulard
Date: 26-June/1937
Medium: Oil on canvas
Dimension: 21.65 x 18.11 inches (55 x 46 cm)
Collection: Los Angeles County Museum of Art, CA


Pablo Picasso
La femme qui pleure I (VI)
Date: 1-July/1937
Medium: Etching, aquatint, drypoint, scraper on copper on paper
Dimension: 27.24 x 19.49 inches (69,2 x 49,5 cm)
Collection: Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid


Pablo Picasso
Tête de femme
Date: Fall/1937
Medium: Pencil on matchbox
Dimension: S/U
Collection: Private collection


Pablo Picasso
La femme qui pleure avec mouchoir III
Date: 17-October/1937
Medium: Oil on canvas
Dimension: 36.22 x 28.74 inches (92 x 73 cm)
Collection: Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid


Pablo Picasso
La femme qui pleure [Femme en pleurs]
Date: 26-October/1937
Medium: Oil on canvas
Dimension: 23.62 x 19.29 inches (60 x 49 cm)
Collection: The Tate Modern, London


All photographs Copyright © Estate of Pablo Picasso/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Online Picasso Project - 1937

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