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Weeping woman

Painting, 1937, 61×50 cm

Description of the artwork «Weeping woman»

The theme of human suffering was not alien to Pablo Picasso: one of his famous works reflecting a whole range of feelings, is a surreal painting "Weeping woman". It was created in 1937, when Europe was shaken by forebodings of a great war. In Spain, the native country of the artist, already raging war, under the impression which Picasso wrote his "Guernica". Some critics believe that "Weeping woman" is its continuation.

Presumably, the model for the painting was the painter's lover — Dora Maar. It was for Picasso his "Weeping woman" embodied all the pain of mothers and wives who lost their loved ones in the flames of war. Dora was the daughter of Croatian architect and was also a professional photographer. On her pictures is dominated by clochard, cripples and beggars; removing them, Dora has created a kind of surreal photopost, where beauty was combined with the deformity, and luxury to poverty. Picasso met Dora in a period of creative crisis, found in her his Muse, which became for him an intellectual outlet and helped to find their own style.

Portrayed Picasso's "Weeping woman" bright, contrasting colors that highlight the grief and despair of the character of his paintings. Bizarre hat done in bright red and dark blue shades. It is surmounted by a flower-bow, beneath which you can see the bangs. Lemon yellow tone of the wall at the back enhances the feeling of anxiety.

The woman depicted in the painting, dressed in the dark, her face an unhealthy greenish tint. She's not holding back his sobs, hands clutching a handkerchief in order to convey the strength of her suffering, the artist has depicted him in the form of a grayish broken pieces, through which Shine the lips and chin of a woman. Special attention has eyes that are "presented" Picasso "Weeping woman": they're like two faded buttons, criss-cross sewn black thread on a dark background. When you look at the painting involuntarily ask a question: what is mourning this poor, what a blow she gave fate? The answer is no...

Picasso's painting "Weeping woman" is not the only existing variant. The artist is very often turned to this theme, depicting women crying. They share a similar pose and grimace, distorting the face and dedicated artist grey-black. The version presented on this page are held at the art catalog of the works of Picasso at number 12.

Today the painting is exhibited at the Tate gallery in London. Many artists copied the painting, trying to get closer to solving the mystery of the weeping woman and to comprehend the secret of a master who is so hard and realistic to transfer her tragedy.
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Art form: Painting

Subject and objects: Portrait

Style of art: Cubism, Surrealism

Technique: Oil

Materials: Canvas

Date of creation: 1937

Size: 61×50 cm

Artwork in selections: 15 selections

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