Pablo Pacasso’s “The Bathers”

6 Apr

The Bathers by Pablo Picasso

The painting , The Bathers by Pablo Picasso, shows three woman sunbathing on the beach. This painting was done in 1918 in Paris, France and is currently located in Musée Picasso. Swimming in the sea was very rare, and sunbathing was unheard of, until after World War I. You can see the physical freedom and unselfconsiousness the woman have. This display of freedom was new and these woman are considered early examples of the “flapper”. Picasso’s painting shows a change in the manner of how people acted socially, though that may not have intentionally been done. The painting was inspired by a trip to Biarritz, where he spent his summers by the sea. Even though I an not a big fan of a large amount of abstract works of art, I find this one to be different and beautiful. The distortions of the human form add a more playful feel to the painting. The bright colors of the womens suits draw me in and keep me interested. The color details are beautiful. I enjoy the rough edges of the paint also. All of this are unique to me in Picassco’s works. I liked this one far beyond his many, many others.

Works Cited

Picasso, Pablo. The Bathers. 1918. Musée Picasso, Paris, France. Rate It All. 22 Nov. 2007. Web. 6 Apr. 2011. .


2 Responses to “Pablo Pacasso’s “The Bathers””

  1. Chet DelSignore April 9, 2011 at 12:44 pm #

    Good observations. I don’t know if I would have seen what you pointed out, especially regarding the distorted body forms and movements. I can see that now! I like this painting too, since it seems to be one of the closest to the types of portrayals we’ve been studying all along. And it proves that Picasso could actually handle his medium, and that his abilities were not some fluke — he could get down and paint if he wanted to. You’ll have to do in depth and explain in more detail what a “flapper” was for our younger peers in the class. It is an expression that has fallen off the current lingo scope that may need revisited for the sake of what it meant.

    Well, here it goes, straight from Wikipedia, “Flapper” in the 1920s was a term applied to a “new breed” of young Western women who wore short skirts, bobbed their hair, listened to jazz, and flaunted their disdain for what was then considered acceptable behavior…”

  2. dwhoman May 1, 2011 at 4:14 pm #

    Interesting painting. From the colors used, it looks like a cold place to sun bathe. The style seems a lot like the post Renaissance paintings, with the distorted proportions. However, the flatness makes it look like early Renaissance. Perhaps Picasso was using older styles of painting to depict new cultural changes.

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