Image Analysis (Opinion): Femme au Jardin, Pablo Picasso and Julio Gonzalez
|Femme au Jardin, Picasso and Gonzalez, 1929-30|
On close scrutiny you can understand the flick on the top right to be titular woman’s hair, her arms looping round under her elongated neck, a bean shaped kidney inside the loose form of her body, the skewed table angle and legs, and the exuberantly blooming flowers on the left. The disjointed components, inspired by natural forms but brought together in a harsh material, explore the Cubist idea of deconstruction while at the same time, the reconstructing of scraps gathered from the “cutting room floor” and repurposed to make something new, allude to a rebirth or repurposing.
|Picasso with Femme au Jardin|
Picasso and Gonzalez, 1929-30
On initial viewing the sculpture bears little relation to a traditional grave-marker or the poet for whom it memorialises. However, Apollinaire had been an early champion of Picasso’s cubist constructions and assemblages and the series of sculptures Picasso designed for the memorial hark after a personal celebration of friendship as opposed to a weighty reflection on death. It is as if Picasso, as a cathartic mourning tool, wanted to create a final parting gift to Apollinaire: the perfect sculpture according to his friend’s taste.
** During semester one of my Second Year of Contemporary Art Practice, we were set eight images to analyse in order to practice writing about Art works. I will present the series backward. This is image two. **