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Friday, April 17, 2009

Juxtaposition




I am currently doing value studies of masterpieces from Sister Wendy's 1000 Masterpieces, and I did one of "The Dream", Picasso's painting of Marie-Therese. While I was perusing the book I also found this gorgeous painting titled "A Blonde Woman", by Palma Vecchio. I noticed a lot of similarities in the images. I assume Picasso knew the work, and refers to it in his painting. He exaggerates the curves, puts in his own cubist sort of head, but when I look at both paintings, I see they are related.
Both are very lyrical, both emphasize the curves of womanhood, both are, in a sense, devotional, and both have that peek-a-boo neckline that exposes one nipple.

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