Essay on Pablo Picasso's Head of a Woman

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While visiting the Norton Museum, there were two works of art that were very interesting. The first work of art is a sculpture by Pablo Picasso called, Head of a Woman (Fernande). It was made in 1909 when he was in Paris. When he made this sculpture he was in the cubism period. Picasso sculpted this sculpture of bronze.
While looking at this sculpture it is transformed every time you move your own head, walk around it, and bend closer. It just has a way of changing shape. While looking at it, it first appeared to me as a man or some kind of creature. Looking at the name, one would realize what the sculpture is. The sculpture was a woman. It has a lot of rough and sharp points, but the surface was very smooth. It is kind of disturbing on
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This is one of his paintings from that time in which was made in solid form. Solidity is what Picasso wanted in art, he wanted not just to see the world but to touch it. Fernande's head is a masterpiece because it perfectly shows his desire to represent not the surfaces of things but, the essence, the structure. (Penrose)
The second work of art is by Raoul Dufy. This is a painting is called Nude on a Pink sofa. This painting was made in 1902 when Dufy was in school studying. It is an oil on canvas and it is 38 x 28 ¾ in.
When you look at this painting you see a naked woman on a pink sofa facing backwards. The room is lightly lit from the right side and the light is hitting her on her back side. The room has turquoise and cream walls and the floor has a nice medium toned rug with different colored flowers. The one thing that was noticeable was the woman had her hair up to emphasize her body. Her body was a light grey and green shade, but looking closely, one could see her stockings. It was a little hard to see them at first because they basically matched her body. The only light shades in the picture, is the pink sofa and the green and grey body.
Dufy immediately began to incorporate the lively brush strokes and brilliant color of Fauvism into his work. Fauvism was a short-lived movement, lasting only as long as its originator, Henri Matisse (1869-1954). He fought to find the