back one page io-io Home Page Gallery Homepage Pablo Picasso Spain          

Woman with Flower, 1932

Picasso had become friends with fellow artists and poet Jean Cocteau, which led him to work with the Russian Ballet. There, he met dancer Olga Koklova, whom he fell in love with and married. She became an influence to his work at this time, as did many women throughout his career. He returned to more traditional styles at this time, though still infused his work with Cubism

Buy This Art?

The Dream

A pablo picasso paintings image showing woman asleep in an armchair the dream 1932.

Buy This Art?

Girl Before Mirror

Before Mirror was painted in March 1932. It was produced in the style Picasso was using at the time and evoked an image of Vanity such as had been utilized in art in earlier eras, though Picasso shifts the emphasis and creates a very different view of the image. The work is considered in terms of the erotic in Picasso's art, and critics in different periods have offered their assessments of the work to show a wide range of reactions.
When you look closely at the image, you can interpret many different symbols within different parts of the painting. The woman's face for one; is painted with a side profile and a full frontal image. One side shows the day time where she seems more like a woman, dolled up with her make up done. The other side with the rough charcoal texture portrays her at night. When she takes off the mask of makeup, and is more vulnerable as a young lady. One way of interpreting the painting is when the woman looks at herself in the mirror; she is seeing herself as an old woman. From the green discoloration on her forehead, darkening of her facial features to the lines that show that her young body has been distorted, and gravity has taken its rightful place. Another way of viewing the painting is that she is self-conscious, and she sees all the flaws in herself that the world doesn't see.

Buy This Art?