The drawing depicts a well-fed pig that occupies the center of the paper with white background. Picasso was living in a remote Catalonian village of Gosol in the summer of 1906 where he maintained a correspondence with his colleague Gertrude Stein.
Stein was very fond of pigs that inspired Picasso to make a charming drawing of the famous prodigal sons among pigs a present to his friend.
The pig drawing is a stunning silkscreen printing of a pig on a hard paper. It is also one of the icon drawing made by Picasso that only utilized simple lines.
The drawing was as result of the primitive art that was being embraced in the early 20th century. This style used simple styling that influenced Picasso to make these simpler line drawings at the height of his career.
The use of single line drawings in his artwork is so simple, but the same time they bring out strong themes in his artwork.
The lines create a lot of meaning from one single continuous line. Picasso was an animal lover, and he kept different kinds of animals in his life, and many have appeared in his other drawings especially in line drawing. The energy, simplicity and the life visible in Picasso line drawing shows why these images continue to be popular today.
The Pig drawing by Pablo Picasso has different themes that viewers get from the drawing. First, the drawing is entertaining. Picasso was able to use lines to put together the drawing and bring out the image of a pig without necessary painting it. This depicts that Picasso knew how lines could influence an image and bring out the intended theme from a painting or drawing. Picasso used a white background so that the drawing is clearly visible to the viewer.
Picasso used this drawing to show that pigs are important animals that people should embrace. Pigs are not embraced in some parts of the world where they are thought to be dirty and banned on religious ground. Picasso wanted to portray pigs as friendly and beautiful animals and went ahead to promote them on the drawing.
As mentioned above, the main aim of the drawing was for entertainment. The drawing depicts a well-fed pig that has a huge body. Although this is the natural appearance of pigs, a closer look at the painting shows that Picasso added humor to the drawing by making the body to very huge with very small legs.
The head also depicts the pig’s small eyes and raised ears that make the drawing to look attractive. Even with the simple style and use of lines in this drawing, brilliant art skilled were employed by Picasso that makes the drawing to be attractive update. The artist clearly understood how to use contour lines in a drawing to bring out the desired image.
The use of single line drawings in his artwork is so simple, but the same time they bring out strong themes in his artwork. The lines create a lot of meaning from one single continuous line. The drawing can be hung in living rooms and other social places as it brings and creates a warm atmosphere.