Liverpool artwork of the day – Tuesday July 24 2007. ‘Seated Woman in a Chemise’ 1923 by Pablo Picasso at Tate Liverpool (DLA Piper Series)
This is one of many excellent works in the DLA Piper series: International Modern Art at Tate Liverpool. This display finishes on August 27 2007 to make way for a fresh rehang of works from the Tate collection.
From 1917 Picasso made overt reference to the art of the ancient world in many of his paintings. Here the figure’s facial features, the soft drapes of her dress and her apparent composure recall the grace and naturalism of fifth-century B.C. Greek sculptures.
However, the massiveness of her limbs and her immobility appear to echo earlier antique art, or later Roman copies of Greek models. The ambiguity and potential for irony in this admixture of references were essential elements in Picasso’s approach to the art of the past.
In this picture the blue sky, as well as the strong light, evoke the Mediterranean.