The dream centered around a new painting. In it there are several figures among simple blocks of stone. The figures sit, lie, and stretch across the blocks. I believe the reason for this dream was to shock me out of my recent frieze-like compositions. In this dream-painting the figures, and blocks of stone, demand perspective depth. At least one of the figures is in a pose which requires maximum foreshortening, his feet in front and his body zooming away from the frontal plane, the head is way back and thus quite a bit smaller than the protruding feet.
I am not the only painter to be stuck on the classical frieze. Picasso always composed across the flat-surface plane. Quite a while ago I posted a reproduction of Guernica from 1937, which is an excellent example of this type of composition. Today I will show two other Picassos, one from 1907 and the other from 1923. In each the composition's depth is very restricted. First the 1923's Three Woman, then 1907's Three Woman.
Yesterday I had scant time in the studio. The 'tween holiday festivities continue with me seeing the Coen Brother's new film, True Grit (no comment). I did get into the studio, having time for two drawings. The second one was very quick and I finished it without much self-criticism (seeing the two heads together in reproduction is disturbing). In any case here they are...
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