In today's post, the contrast in style between the painting, and the drawing, is dramatic. As good as the drawing is, it looks and feels more like an exercise in an alternate reality than it feels authentically mine. I will place that drawing in my X-Files. So much so for the influence of Egon Schiele. I am moving on.
"2016 No. 1" is very close to done. Yes, I am ready to move on. Paintings, as well are drawings, are becoming more about research than about completely finished forms and compositions. This is instructive. I have often wondered why Picasso left so many partially finished works. Many of these unpolished works are highly regarded despite their looking incomplete. I enjoy them, as do others, because they are full of startling invention. With Picasso, the preponderance of unfinished work occurred most often when he was in transition, from one visually commanding idea to another. The painting "2016 No. 1" may share this transitionary questioning.
I show two examples of unfinished works by Pablo Picasso ("Hairdressing", 1906, and his most famous unfinished work, "Les Demoiselles d'Avignon", 1907). The time proximity of these two wonderful paintings visually exhibits one of the greatest years of transition in Picasso's oeuvre.
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