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Three Bathers

Three Bathers by Pablo Picasso

Details:

  • 1920
  • Pastel, Oil, Ink And Graphite On Paper
  • 18 13/16 x 24 3/16 in.
  • 47.8 x 61.4 cm
  • Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
  • Thannhauser Collection, Gift, Justin K. Thannhauser
  • 78.2514.49
  • © 2010 Picasso Administration, Paris, France

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SKU: #6120


Here, Picasso depicts two nude women reclining on the beach as a third woman swims in the background. The symmetry and subject matter of the work is classicizing, which is indicative of a period after World War I when some avant-garde artists such as André Derain, Fernand Léger, Henri Matisse, Giorgio de Chirico, and Gino Severini reinterpreted classical composition. This return to classicism was spurred by a desire for peace in such a volatile, post-war world. In the French poet Jean Cocteau’s book Le Rappel à L’Ordre (1926), Cocteau titles this period the Return to Order. Three Bathers has classical elements, yet Picasso incorporates his own style through the grotesque distortion of the bodies.