COLL-E 103 REVIEW
rape of sabine woman
NEO-CLASSICISM AND SURREALISM
(1921) is a prime example of his second Neo-Classical
period. What features of this painting make it Neo-Classical? How does
differ from Picasso’s
(1925), a painting that reflects Picasso’s association with
Surrealism? The same questions may be asked using
Mother and Child By the Sea
as an example of Neo-Classicism and
(1925) as an example of Picasso’s Surrealist-
Features that make it neoclassical: rounded, shapely figures
Classical clothing, looks like columns
Positioning: sitting on a block
How does it differ from dance: Dance follows more characteristics of surrealism than of
neoclassical. Lights and darks alternate in a dreamed verison of a real scene. Bodies
indistinguishable in a jumble of strident colors, limns amd sexual organs, convulsive
(spastic, bursting, raging, paroxysmal), life cycle: innocence, maenad, death.
How does it differ from kiss:
Dictation of thought in the absence of all control exercised by
reason, outside of all aesthetic and moral preoccupation.
In general what aspects of Surrealism appealed to Picasso? How does Picasso’s
(1924) reflect the impact of Surrealism? What is “biomorphic” form?
the double image to create a shifting frame of reference and the idea of one
object being metamorphosed into another
Interchanging lines, colours, patterns and textures, that switch from geometric to
freehand, dark to light, positive to negative and plain to patterned, advance and recede in
rhythms across the picture plain.
Subject matter (class notes) strong erotic images, fear and fascination with death, interest
in physical and emotional extremes.
Biomorphist art focuses on the power of natural life and uses organic shapes, with
shapeless and vaguely spherical hints of the forms of biology
while these forms are abstract, they "refer to, or evoke, living forms
two holes in the guitar resemble eyes, table resembles teeth.
Although very different in style, both