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Pablo Picasso's The Rest - Analysis

Updated on September 15, 2012

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.

Marie-Thérèse Walter
Marie-Thérèse Walter
Le Reve
Le Reve

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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      Iðunn 7 years ago

      Sensousness and vulnerability, yes. I hadn't thought of satiation but it's a good call. Also serenity and dignity, I think, I also see something both childlike and maternal in this woman.

      I'm glad you are as in love with this painting as I am. I used the sideshow and really enjoyed the zoom selections that let me get a closer look at picasso's brush strokes.

      There is a perfection to the sparse colour, the dark vs light, the bold lines and the placement of those lines, and the maroon I think adds stability. I think that is where I'm seeing dignity and perhaps that maternal mode.

      Your commentary was delicious. You can be quite the poet too. I was moved by your appreciation for this painting.

      Thanks, ashok.

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      Merle Ann Johnson 7 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      Hummmm. seems you are quite the romantic since Iaunn had returned....Glad to see something brought you back....Giggles G-Ma.....

      And Love this painting as well...it is lovely and with your words added is even more wonderful...HAPPY FATHER'S DAY...tomorrow/or today for you already...:O) Hugs

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      Ashok Rajagopalan 7 years ago from Chennai

      Thank you my beautiful friends :)

      Iðunn, I didn't think of dignity, thanks. Childlike maybe because sleeping people look vulnerable and childlike, and maternal because she looks downwards like they show a Mother and Child unit.

      I'm delighted that I moved you! Moved a poet? Sweet revenge is mine. :)

       

      You mischievous, giggling G-Ma, what will Iðunn think if you say things like that?

      Thank you for the visit, hugs and wishes. :)))

       

       

       

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      Iðunn 7 years ago

      It's a lovely job. And I'm rather pleased that I both almost confounded you with my request and also that it brought out such poetry in you. It's better for you than my beloved Basquiat, yes? This print is 'on my list' however I am finding framing out of my range for extraneous spending lately.

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      Ashok Rajagopalan 7 years ago from Chennai

      Poetry saved me, LOL. When my brains are off, I switch on my heart. I understand the the spending part. I buy a lot of Wodehouses, just because I love him, and have multiple editions of the same title.

      BTW, thanks for showing us your face, much appreciated. :)

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      Iðunn 7 years ago

      it's almost irresistable, isn't it?  my house is starting to look like a museum.  of course there are worse things than that.  now I have to look up Wodehouse to see what you are after liking.

      oh, and you are most welcome. 

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      Ashok Rajagopalan 7 years ago from Chennai

      A writer, Iðunn, not a painter. :)

      https://hubpages.com/literature/Immortal-Wodehouse

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      Iðunn 7 years ago

      well that explains why I could only find the writer on google, hehe. thanks for the link. I'm going to trust in your good taste and run him down. I hope it's not difficult here. You have to remember, I'm in a small city of a small state of a country that elected Bush twice. :( I'm not sure I can find something that delightful and intelligent in my town library.

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      anjalichugh 7 years ago from New York

      'But living in the question is more fruitful and pleasurable than dying in answers.' Very true. That's what makes these paintings more enigmatic and intriguing. They leave you wondering. I didn't know about the 'Walter' aspect. Thx for adding to my knowledge.

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      Ashok Rajagopalan 7 years ago from Chennai

      Iðunn, hope you like him, though it's not about trusting my good taste: I hope we both have the same. But I always envy someone who hasn't discovered Wodehouse; a treasure trove ahead!

      Thank you, Anjali, my pleasure having you here. :)

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      Iðunn 7 years ago

      well, if my library fails me and I would reasonably expect it to, there is still ebay.

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      Ashok Rajagopalan 7 years ago from Chennai

      True, there's always ebay. :)

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      Zsuzsy Bee 7 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      Sorry Kenny I had high hopes that you could make me take Picasso's art serious. I love art but as much as I try his stuff doesn't want to fall into that category for me. Honestly both my 8 and 4 year old sidekicks have created better work. I guess I will never make it as a real art critic. I have no idea why art lovers world wide have gone gaga over such unattractive pieces. So sorry, I know my two cents worth doesn't count...

      Glad your back on the hub scene Kenny

      kindest greetings from Canada

      Zsuzsy

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      Ashok Rajagopalan 7 years ago from Chennai

      Haha, Zsuzsy, Picasso would be the first to agree with you. For he is the one who said, ""It took me four years to paint like Raphael, but a lifetime to paint like a child."

      The only point you have to be open about is that art lovers do go gaga over the pieces you find unattractive. Art, like God, or Love, is personal.

      And also please check out the paintings he did as a teenager. They are very impressive. Here's a link:

      http://www.abcgallery.com/P/picasso/picasso.html

      How are the sidekicks? Warm hugs to all. :)

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      arisel 7 years ago from Honolulu Hawai

      i love piccaso

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      Ashok Rajagopalan 7 years ago from Chennai

      same here arisel :)

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      ralwus 7 years ago

      Couldn't have said it better myself.

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      Ashok Rajagopalan 7 years ago from Chennai

      Thank you, ralwus. :)

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