Standing Nude and Seated Musketeer

Pablo Picasso Spanish

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In Picasso's universe, the musketeer could be a painter, musician, smoker, or voyeur, but never a fighter. Picasso's dashing soldiers of fortune are ultimately absurd, cartoonish figures whose amorous exploits are more comically libidinous than the sexually predatory behaviors of some of the artist's previous male incarnations.

In this composition the expansive figure of the musketeer takes center stage, while the nude at his side seems incidental. Nearly all the musketeers Picasso painted in the two months leading up to this work are single, centralized figures, similarly attired, usually cross-legged, and smoking long clay pipes.

Standing Nude and Seated Musketeer, Pablo Picasso (Spanish, Malaga 1881–1973 Mougins, France), Oil on canvas

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