Picasso's Psyche in "The Studio" (1934)
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This paper explains that, in addition to its abstract cubist composition, the occupational orientation of his 1934 painting "The Studio", unquestionably project Pablo Picasso's physical self and psychic appetites. Next, the author relates that, during the period between the world wars, Picasso engaged in an exploration of the self through bizarre manifestations of the human form rendered by his subconscious; however, Picasso's pacifism lead to the harsh depictions of war as in his famous painting "Guernica". The paper concludes that in this painting Picasso demonstrates his internal exploration that reveals a soul and psyche wiling to engage itself with frankness and yet preoccupied with psychic demons of unsettled romantic and sexual affairs.
From the Paper:"Aesthetically, the women's femininity marks the works strongest break--or at least transition--from cubism to a form that was not exclusive of cubism but did remove its limitations. Based on the more lurid subject matter invading his mind at this time, Picasso would perhaps find greater fluidity in surrealism by this time, a proclivity that had been in development during and after WWI. To the point, "throughout the second half of 1913 and the early months of 1914, Picasso had begun to salt his Cubist compositions with realistic passages in a way that suggests an effort to reintroduce the classicist styles of art that Cubism had apparently banished from the avant-garde repertoire." The interest in nudes, in voluptuous female forms and in provocative human entanglement would provoke this alteration in approach.
"This would be an important transition for Picasso, making possible some of the more evocative moments that would mark his career. Somehow, the sexuality and concreteness which are invoked by this set of years seems to demonstrate an evolution in Picasso's willingness to bear himself in his work. To an extent, it may even be said that he did this only in his professional life. In his personal life, this would seem to produce few behavioral revelations."
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