Les Baigneuses

August 11, 2018

During the occupation of Malaga by the nationalist troops in 1937, Picasso painted three scenes dominated by the bathers. Their distorted bodies show the magnitude of the artist’s craftsmanship and innovation and are followed by rather purified and linear landscapes.

An earthy palette is in function of the bathers and the viewer immediately becomes overwhelmed by a size of these figures which were largely discussed with his friends such as Paul Éluard, Man Ray, and Dora Maar. The paintings were rarely exhibited since they belong to private collections, and now all of them will debut in France for this exhibition.

Featured image: Pablo Picasso - La Baignade, 1937. Oil, pencil and chalk on canvas 129.1 x 194 cm. Collection of the Peggy Guggenheim Foundation, Venice Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, New York. Photo of David Heald © Picasso Succession 2018; Pablo Picasso - Grande baigneuse au livre, 1937. Charcoal, pastel, oil on canvas, 130 x 97.5 cm. Picasso National Museum-Paris. Dation Pablo Picasso, 1979 © Picasso Succession 2018