Think about why Picasso has used particular shapes in the image above. Pick 3 shapes and explain why YOU think Picasso chose those shapes, what feeling or meaning do the shapes convey?
Evil eye with a blazing light bulb inside- The light bulb is cleverly used by Picasso as, in Spanish the word light bulb is ‘bombilla’ also meaning ‘bomb’ in Spanish. I think he wanted to convey the point of the bombs within the cubic shapes and styles by creating symbolic imagery rather the literal vision of a bomb going off.
Horse- Having the blazing eye shape above the horse then suggests the sufferings it’s causing beneath it. I think having the horse knelt beneath the shape infers the hurt and damage it’s doing and creates other intriguing shapes coming off of it, like the soldier beneath. The horse is the main point of the image as it grabs your attention and draws your eye into this point and therefore leads your eye around to the rest of the image that unfolds within it.
Women floating- I think Picasso wanted to convey the war, not just with the soldiers and bombs, but with the civilians in the town of Basque within this room. He used cubism to place the objects carefully together to depict the sufferings war cause. Using the women and men infer how innocent lives are lost and the hurt the suffering costs for everyone else.
I think these three shapes best explain the atmosphere of the piece rather than including the typical war scenario of bombs and soldiers in the towns, but the other hurt that goes on around like the animals and civilians placed within a room. This then could be presented to the government and shown across Europe to show the effects and try and rebel against it.
If you had to reduce yourself to a single shape, which one would you choose and why? Say why this shape best describes you. Do not think about physical appearances think about your personality. In addition, choose a number of people you know and create a shape that best represents the essence or aura of each person. Sketch these shapes and DESCRIBE IN DETAIL how and why they represent the people you have chosen.
I think the shape that best describes me is the floating woman in the painting or a square. I’m closed at first glance, watching over my surroundings, finding it hard to open up but once I get to known people I unfold and share my feelings towards each scenario.
I would describe my boyfriend in the shape of a lightning bolt as he’s fun and energetic and can get hyper. Also, being a guy typically would come across as simple minded without being emotional like a girl would so the thick, bold lightning bolt would suggest a straight, maybe confused point in which it leads to.
A friend to me represents a circle as she has a perfect balance within her life, as if mirrored both sides would be of happiness, hope and love. She is a well-rounded person and shares love and happiness to those around. However, the circle could also represent her lack of open mindedness as she is so filled with hope it could lack experience and knowledge of more sad and emotional happenings.
A typical Cubist painting depicts real people, places or objects, but not from a fixed viewpoint. Instead it will show you many parts of the subject at one time, viewed from different angles, and reconstructed into a composition of planes, forms and colours. The whole idea of space is reconfigured: the front, back and sides of the subject become interchangeable elements in the design of the work.