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“Weeping Woman” (1937) – Pablo Picasso

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“Weeping Woman” (1937) – Pablo Picasso
"Weeping Woman" (1937)
Artist
Pablo Picasso
Year
1937
Medium
Oil on canvas
Location
Tate Gallery in Liverpool
Dimensions
60 х 49 cm

Artist Practice
Reflects an Expressionism form, with subtle elements of cubism
Well defined brush strokes using oil paint to put emphasis on the colours
Creates a shallow space within the artwork to create depth visually
Thick brush strokes on the canvas tend to be rough: gives 3D effect. This helps to portray the negative connotation that comes with this artwork
Common Characteristics
Abstraction:
created when a visual with a realism aspect is taken through a series of different techniques to give the subject not only a surrealist element, but a totally different meaning to what that image originally was
Picasso's signature was the Cubism style of modern art
The lines in Picasso’s artworks tend to be prominent and recognisable

Conceptual Framework
1936:
Spanish Civil War began between General Franco and the Republican Government

After the bombing of Guernica, Picasso created a 8m wide mural depicting the pain, loss and atrocities that surrounded such an inhumane event
“For me she's the weeping woman. For years I've painted her in tortured forms, not through sadism, and not with pleasure, either; just obeying a vision that forced itself on me. It was the deep reality, not the superficial one... Dora, for me, was always a weeping woman....And it's important, because women are suffering machines.”

- Pablo Picasso
After the mural was completed, Picasso was almost obsessed with exploring the woman’s face and the emotions conveyed through her expressions
HUGE national statement against war
Subjective Frame
tearful eyes
sharp lines dissecting face: broken feelings, woman
focal area: blue and white
handkerchief: looks like broken mirror/glass
mourning
women: mostly affected by the bombings of Guernica
Structural Frame
oil on canvas
cubism elements: angular lines
focal area: broken glass, associated with pain and anguish
mauve and green: represents decay and corruption
contrasting colours: highlights impacts of painting
composition of shapes: broken woman
symbolism: blue/white, skin has been striped to the bone
triangular shapes: sharp
Cultural Frame
Created in Spain during the ongoing Spanish Civil War in 1937
Depicts Spain at a time of misery and despair
Hat presented gives an impression of a European flair: middle or higher social class
Handkerchief reflects the time and era
Woman is well dressed and wears makeup and jewellery
Followed the Expressionism and Cubism art movement
Post Modern Frame
beginning of modern abstraction
defied the traditional notions of art
expressive and absurd
re-evaluated the meaning of portraiture
makes reference to traditional Spanish art
Mater Dolorosa
woman mourning for her child who has died
similar feeling of sorrow in the artwork
sophisticated attire: separation of the divine figure and make the weeping woman one of us
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