912869--PICASSO--Woman sitting in an Armchair,1966

Femme assise dans un Fauteuil, 1966 Pablo Picasso

This illustration is considered a graphic masterpiece of his later work. With an aquatint, a porous ground of acid-resistant particles is used to cover areas of the metal plate. Heat is then used to fuse the particles to the plate. This allows the acid to bite away a fine grid of small dots into the plate as when the plate is dipped in an acid bath, the particles prevent bits of the surface from being eaten away. The resulting dot texture creates an illusion of tonal range that Picasso favored. The last period of Picasso’s life as a painter was dominated by the theme of sexuality. Sex served Picasso as an indestructible substitute for the social agreements and systems of belief that had previously grounded art in the world. A virtuosic modernizer in form, primitive in content; subliminally drawn to a woman’s curves, the voluptuous hips, the primal raw features of her stomach and breasts - not only premodern but prehistorical. He was a swordsman of the thrusting line. His curves often ache to straighten, as if they were bent springs, and the texture gritty like sandpaper. No matter how attenuated the sexual charge of his work became, it guided his choices technique and creative manipulation.

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