Nude Standing by the Sea

Pablo Picasso Spanish

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 901

A cocreator, with Georges Braque, of Cubism, Picasso responded to many different artistic stimuli throughout in his career. Nude Standing by the Sea testifies to his contribution to Surrealism, a movement that aspired to tap into and visualize psychological states of being, often through the distortion of the human body. Here, Picasso rearranged anatomical parts and altered the proportions of a standing nude, thereby creating an ambiguous sculptural mass. This rather threatening bather perhaps reflects Picasso’s inner turmoil over the dissolution of his marriage to Olga Khokhlova and his affair with Marie-Thérèse Walter.

Nude Standing by the Sea, Pablo Picasso (Spanish, Malaga 1881–1973 Mougins, France), Oil on canvas

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