Study & Essay
Picasso's paintings are filled with the images of his wives and mistresses. One can even divide his work into phases corresponding to his affairs. How is the female body presented in his work?
Picasso lived through some of the stormiest years of history. As an artist, what did he believe his political responsibilities to be?
"Les Demoiselles d'Avignon" (1907) was partially inspired by African and Pacific art, particularly African masks. What was the role of "primitive" (non- European) art in Picasso's work?
Suggested Essay Topics
Explain the significance of Picasso's first collage, "Still Life with Chair Caning" (1912). Comment on both the context of its creation and the formal qualities of the piece.
How did Picasso radically disrupt traditional ways of seeing through Analytical Cubist pieces like his "Portrait of Daniel-Henry Kahnweiler" (1910)?
In what sense can Picasso be described as an avant-garde artist?
Picasso made many variations on old master paintings, starting with his "Crucifixion" (1930) based on Grünewald's. How does Picasso rework Grünewald's painting? Why did Picasso choose to use another painting as the base for his at all?
Most of Picasso's most important work, like "Les Demoiselles d'Avignon" (1907), "Still Life with Chair Caning" (1912), and his Analytical Cubist paintings, are now nearly a century old. Why do people still call them "modern"?
How did Picasso influence Surrealism? How did Surrealism impact Picasso?
How did Braque's work affect Picasso's?
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