Oil on canvas
Bequest of Caroline Wiess Law
© 2010 Estate of Pablo Picasso/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Pablo Picasso discovered his love for art when he was only five(Warncke). His dad was an art teacher, and set him up for early success along with his great schooling. “According to legends, Pablo’s dad vowed never to paint again after he saw his son”(Artelino). When Picasso was young his paintings were very mature for his age(Warncke). “When he was only fourteen, he passed the entrance exam for Barcelona School of Arts in just one day, and was allowed to skip his first two classes”(Artelino). Picasso started really being noticed in his career from 1904-1908(Richardson). Picasso had no less than 2,200 paintings survive, which all make him the best artist of his day, and still the best(Warncke and Picasso).
Picasso had a strong attraction towards women, and always felt the love of drawing them. He married a total of six women(Artelino). He once said “for me there are two types of women, goddesses and doormats”. His final wife Jacqueline Roque, which he met in 1953, is the woman in his painting “Seated Woman”. He uses a lot of bright colors to show that he think she is beautiful, and she was such a bright person in his eyes. He also uses different geometric shapes to show her distinct body parts. For example, he uses dots with bright colors to show her beautiful hair. Jacquiline was Picasso’s biggest love and he thought of her as a goddess.
Picasso was a very influenced person. He like to change a lot. He went through many changes in his style of art throughout his career(MCS). Some of them are Rose, Blue, and Protocubism periods. His later paintings were based on great painters such as Diego Velazquez, Gustave Courbet, Eugene Delacroix, and Eduardo Manet. In addition to painting Picasso started working in other media in his late life(MCS). He made hundreds of lithograms in Paris graphics, and he also became interested in ceramics. In his late painting Picasso fused all his styles of art together. The painting of the seated woman was part of this period. The “Seated Woman of 1962” was an oil painting on a canvas 55 by 42 inches. Picasso used a lot of cubic shapes, which he used during his cubism period. He also used rich earthy colors in his design and technique(MCS). Picasso’s blending of his great styles make this seated woman a beautiful painting.
When Picasso was painting the “Seated Woman” he was in France. The country was not very rich(Well). They had been destroyed and lost a lot during the previous years because of World War II. In the 1950’s and 1960’s things were looking up for them though. New people were coming into France for business opportunities, and to invest. Picasso was never really affected, but he felt the effects from other people. People were very poor, but soon their spirits were lifted from the business. This hope gave brightness to Picasso. He started using bright earthy colors to express the good days to come. This new hope gave Picasso inspiration to paint(Well).
Richardson, John. A life of Picasso. New York: lfred A. Knopf,2009.
Warncke, Peter-Cartsen. Picasso. New York,2006.
May 2001, updated October 2001.