Asleep, 1932 by Pablo Picasso
The solid black outline around the girl's hands and profile is a feature of the series recalling the Fauvist's black binding of color blocks. The emphasised leonine hands with claw-like fingers give the figure an animalistic primitivism, which becomes a feature ofthis short style change. However, this impression of bestiality is juxtaposed by the graceful lyricism of the body's contours. It is a weird combination of beauty and ugliness, another theme that continually fascinated Picasso.
The Surrealists's dream world is intimated, but the viewer is witnessing external materiality rather than the model's subconscious mental processes. The work is more a reflection of the artist's sub-consciousness and an insight into the Andalucian concept of mirada fuerte - the erotic gaze - in which the voyeuristic eye become a sexual organ.