13 January, 2008

The Three Dancers by Picasso Postcar

The painting on the postcard is entitled "The Three Dancers" and a work of Pablo Picasso. Pablo Picasso (October 25, 1881 – April 8, 1973) was a Spanish painter, draughtsman, and sculptor. As one of the most recognized figures in twentieth-century art, he is best known for co-founding the Cubist movement and for the wide variety of styles embodied in his work.

The Three Dancers by Picasso
(PH Wish from Teresa Ostrander)

The jagged forms of Three Dancers convey an explosion of energy. The image is laden with Picasso's personal recollections of a triangular affair, which resulted in the heart-broken suicide of his friend Carlos Casagemas. Love, sex and death are linked in an ecstatic dance. The left-hand dancer in particular seems possessed by uncontrolled, Dionysian frenzy. Her face relates to a mask from Torres Strait, New Guinea, owned by the artist, and points to Picasso's association of 'primitive' forms with expressiveness and sexuality.

Additional Information:
June 1925

Oil on canvas

support: 2153 x 1422 mm
frame: 2232 x 1507 x 107 mm
Tate Gallery, London

SOURCES:
The Three Dancers Wikipedia Entry
The Three Dancers, Tate Collection

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