Saturday, 7 August 2010

Picasso * The Shadow (1973)


Anonymous said...

The Shadow was painted when Picasso was 73, shortly after
his young wife Fran–Ćoise Gilot had left him. In this haunting image, a plane of afternoon light casts the artist's own shadow into their bedroom, but that shadow misses contact with the arching female form that embodies his imagination of lost love.

Adam L Brinklow said...

I just saw this not three hours ago at the De Young in San Francisco, and I was startled, even horrified (in a good way, if there is such a thing), when I turned the corner into the gallery and looked at it.

Not knowing the history of it or Picasso's life, I first took it as a comment on how the artist intrudes on the subject. After looking at it for a very long time, I was startled again to consider the possibility that the shadow represents not the artist but the observer (ie, me).