Expressionism is one of those never ending art forms that are currently being expressed to its fullest in the 21st century. Nonetheless, most of the expressionist art forms seen today derive their influence from Pablo Picasso. A genius who expressed his virtuoso on different mediums had the ability to give art pieces life through expressionism that has not been replicated to this date. An example of his maestro is the ‘Working Painter Observed by a Nude Model’
‘Working Painter Observed by a Nude Model’ was finished in 1928, during the Neoclassicist and Surrealist Period. The piece consists of a painter and a nude model seated in a studio where the painter is working on a still life imagery of the model. Picasso uses varied sketching and shading styles to give this masterpiece depth offers a viewer with a two dimension of his art. The nude model is sketched with the clean single line design made famous by Picasso in most of his art forms for instance ‘the three nude women and the bowl of Anemones’ as well as ‘the two dressed models’. However, he introduces more detailing when it comes to the painter shading his hair as well as his beard to show volume, the stump that the model is posed on, in addition to the waves used to highlight his cloth. The same is used to give more life to the sculptured head on the floor. The still life piece that is being drawn by the painter is shaded using a simple form of cubism giving more life to the drawing. The Working Painter Observed by a Nude Model’ sketch is assumed to represent Picasso himself during the Neoclassicist and Surrealist Period when he became famous for drawing a number off still life portraits such as ‘the woman in white’ ‘seated woman’. This painting is rare as it highlights the Picasso as a third part in his work. Additionally, it shows his use of the skills he had that made him a one of kind artist.