Pablo Picasso's The Rest - Analysis
Le Repos by Picasso - visual music
I can't analyse this picture. I can't tell you why these strokes of pigment on canvas combine to create an ambience of sensousness and vulnerability, why this is visual poetry, a visual song, one that bypasses my brain and plays on my emotions as if my heart was a stringed instrument.
Sensous Strokes of the Brush
Is it something to do with the raw strokes of Picasso's brush? Strokes that look as if applied a second ago? Strokes lovingly brushed as a lover would apply a comb to the loved one's hair. Strokes that move to music, raw but orchestrated?
I have only questions, not answers. But living in the question is more fruitful and pleasurable than dying in answers. I lose myself in the sheer poetry of the piece and create some poetry of my own. On her sleeve is a golden moon, and her fluid hands gush like a brimming stream of my consciousness to merge with each other, symbolising something. Unity? Is she sated and resting after union with her mate? The longer I be in the landscape of this portrait the more I seem to understand her.
The model for Picasso's The Rest was his mistress of that period, Marie-Thérèse Walter. She is portrayed in many of his paintings, the most famous one being Le Reve. In spite of the non-realistic treatment of his portraits, we can easily identify the model. Take a look at Marie-Thérèse Walter's photograph and you will understand.Amazing, the likeness, isn't it?
Going by my theory of every artist painting a self-portrait every time, these portrayals of Marie-Thérèse Walter also contain the painter himself, therefore symbolises the fusion of the two, the relationship between them. The Rest is the rest after the union.
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