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The Acrobat, 1930 by Pablo Picasso

This painting shows off the spontaneous agility of the acrobat's body. Pablo Picasso is the initiator of biomorphism, which is pioneered by fellow Spaniard Joan Miro. But Miro goes further by using neo-Neolithic shapes to define new spatial concepts of freedom and rejected Cubist space. But on the other hand, Picasso's exploration with surrealism maintained the human form and identity.

In this painting, The Acrobat, Picasso depicted the human figure with the cube of the frame despite the apparent freedom of movement. The figure is also maintained by the colors, which controls the motion of the body. It seems the body shaope is locked within a white form and then pinioned against the implied stasis of the black background. This painting is a good proof of the paradox of movement and rigidity.

This figure seems like a male but we cannot be sure since in that period there are so many works are disfigurations of the female form. Since most of Surrealist works contain some sexual reference or punning, so it's possible this weird, dangling phallic hand is similar to the pendulous penile limb formations of painting Woman in an Armchair (1929).

Masterpieces of Pablo Picasso

  • Guernica
  • Les Demoiselles d'Avignon
    Les Demoiselles d'Avignon
  • The Old Guitarist
    The Old Guitarist
  • The Blue Nude
    The Blue Nude
  • Three Musicians
    Three Musicians
  • Girl Before a Mirror
    Girl Before a Mirror
  • the-dream
    The Dream
  • The Weeping Woman
    The Weeping Woman
  • Massacre in Korea
    Massacre in Korea
  • Kiss
  • Woman with a Flower
    Woman with a Flower
  • Ma Jolie
    Ma Jolie
  • La Lecture
    La Lecture
  • Maternity
  • Dora Maar Au Chat
    Dora Maar Au Chat
  • Seated Woman
    Seated Woman
  • Nude in a Black Chair
    Nude in a Black Chair
  • Jacqueline with flowers
    Jacqueline with flowers
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