Woman in White

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Pablo Picasso, Woman in White, 1923, oil on canvas

Picasso’s Woman in White is a masterpiece of his Neoclassical Period, which lasted from 1918 to 1925. Here, the artist depicts a seated figure as a dreamlike vision of fragile perfection and refinement. He achieves this effect through the application of several layers of white wash and superimposed contours in soft shades of brown and gray. As in many of his other figures of the period, the idealized treatment of her facial features reflects Picasso’s study of classical art. Her informal pose, along with the loose-fitting, almost diaphanous dress, gives the figure a gentle and relaxed air. The muted color scheme adds a romantic and pensive tone.

On view at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

It is such exquisite examples of his work that remind me what a superb artist Picasso really was.

August 27th, 2016

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