The Sexuality of Pablo Picasso

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Pablo Picasso is generally considered one of the best and most influential artists of the modernist era and perhaps of all time. His personal life was anything but stable, marked by a vast sex drive that caused him to have multiple wives and mistresses, constantly searching for new women as he lost interest with his former lovers. This womanizing aspect of his personality and the tumultuous times in his life resulting from it had a great effect on his art. A large number of his works have a sexual component to them, such as nudity, phallic and vaginal imagery, and depictions of sexual acts. Furthermore, it becomes apparent that Picasso dehumanized women in his art, turning them into sexual objects rather than human beings. The multiple “periods” divide his artistic life are often a direct result of his sexual life. It is important to realize the sexuality of Picasso in looking at one of his works to gain a deeper understanding of it. As a result, we will examine both the sexual imagery in the works of Picasso and his personal life, and investigate how they relate to each other. At the age of 46, Picasso began an affair with Marie-Therese Walter, who was 17 at the time. Picasso became fascinated with Walter and eventually separated from his first wife because of this affair. Although he had other mistresses, wives, and lovers throughout his life, he continued to adore her for the majority of his life. His experiences with her had a profound influence on some of his works. He used some of his more erotic works to seduce Walter and painted some of his most sexual images with her as the subject matter. The most famous of these works was Le Rêve, a depiction of a scantily clad Marie-Therese Walter sleeping in a chair wit... ... middle of paper ... ...008. The rip heard 'round the world. LA Times, October 12, 2008|, 2008, sec Entertainment. http://articles.latimes.com/2008/oct/12/entertainment/ca-le-reve12. Mallen, Enrique. Biography of 1954. in On-Line Picasso Project [database online]. 2010 [cited 5/10 2010]. Available from http://picasso.tamu.edu/index.php?view=BioIndex&year=1954. Munson, Steven C. 1999. Sex, death, and picasso. Commentary 108, (1) (Jul): 70, http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=aph&AN=2013701&site=ehost-live&scope=site. Picasso, Pablo. . La Douleur, 1903, http://www.metmuseum.org/Imageshare/ma/regular/DT7881.jpg. Picasso, Pablo. 2001. Picasso érotique, ed. Jean Clair. London: Prestel. Riding, Alan. 2001. ARTS ABROAD; picasso's carnal carnival. New York Times (03/22): 1, http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=aph&AN=28931334&site=ehost-live&scope=site.
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