October 25, 2009
Those who question or resist PABLO PICASSO (1881-1973) are overthinking. No need. The man did all the thinking for you. He could have been an immensely appealing sentimental artist, but he forced himself to be an awkward one. Look at his Two Nude Women, a series of twenty-one increasingly abstract images made from a single lithographic stone. In the final state [shown above], he twists the women — one watching, one sleeping (a classical tableau he returned to over and over) — into an equipoise of something vegetal and animal, barbed and sensual. To paraphrase Frank O’Hara, you look at a Picasso and you know how wonderful the 20th century can be.
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