Bathers - Pablo Picasso. 27 x 22 cm
The miniature work was written during the First World War, when all of Europe was preoccupied with military operations, waiting for news, worrying about the fate of loved ones. At that time, the artist himself left Paris for the southern sea coast. The escape was associated with a difficult and depressing atmosphere in the capital of France, on the one hand, as well as new romantic relationships with Russian ballerina Khokhlova.
At sea, the master felt an extraordinary surge of creative energy and physical strength. The tension associated with the war and creative pursuit has gone. The resort atmosphere helped to relieve all tension and enjoy life.
Swimming in the sea at the beginning of the 20th century was not yet a universally accepted custom. They came to the beaches to take a walk and breathe in the sea air. Therefore, the theme of the picture is very revolutionary and on the verge of decency.
On the seashore, three women in colorful swimsuits. Unnatural postures, impaired body proportions, but unusually plastic figures, movements are flirty and refined. Some signs of a cubic perception of the world are still guessed in the work, however, the author has already cooled down to this direction and is actively looking for new ways in painting.
The backdrop is the sea, animated by a sailboat, a lighthouse on a cliff, as well as stylized clouds located in the upper right corner. The master was able to perfectly convey the sea surface. The texture of water is sustained in strict traditions of realism.
The color of the picture is diverse. The muted tones of the background explode with the bright colors of bathing suits. The work is full of some decorativeness, grace and subtle irony. The viewer feels the joy and happiness of the artist who wrote the work in one of the happiest and most prosperous periods of his life.