Bather with Beach Ball is a Cubist artwork with elements of Surrealism. Picasso captures his young mistress, Marie-Thérèse Walter in this active painting, portraying her as a floating zeppelin.
Cubism allowed artist Picasso to find new possibilities for his work through this augmented reality. Cubist portraits like this were not restricted by reality, and so body parts could be stretched, squashed or rotated in any way that felt right to him.
Bather with Beach Ball is similar in content to another famous work by American pop artist, Roy Lichtenstein. That artist would adapt reality into his own cartoon style.
Pablo Picasso produced a host of work related to the beach, and people's behaviour on it. It was an opportunity to witness fun and frolics, with a reserved nature softened during the holiday period.