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Pablo Picasso (Spanish, Neoclassicism, 1881-1973): Bust of a Woman, Arms Raised (Buste de femme, les bras levés); summer 1922. Oil on canvas, 65.4 cm x 54 cm. Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY, USA. Image: © 2012 The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation (SRGF). © This artwork may be protected by copyright. It is posted on the site in accordance with fair use principles.

‘… as the photographer Brassai observed, he had several black-and-white periods: “A period of painting on a flat surface with a bright and varied palette was regularly followed by a sculptural period with little color.”
One possible motivation for these colorless phases concerns the centuries-old tradition of grisaille, a form of gray or brown tonal painting. Often it was meant to create the illusion of sculpture, as works like Picasso’s “Bust of a Woman, Arms Raised” (1922) seem to do … Picasso’s interest in fusing painting and sculpture did not begin and end with Cubism …’ (© The New York Times Company)

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