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    Historical and Visual Analysis of Pablo Picasso’s “Weeping Woman with Handkerchief” (1937)

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    A 6 page paper which examines this painting from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, identifies appropriate artistic methodology, and explains the significant issues this work addressed during its own historical period, then compares this to where the painting appears in contemporary visual culture as a way of considering how its connotations may have changed. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

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    were manufacturing airplanes, tanks, and weapons of war, which would touch much of the global landscape by 1960. Art is an intense and deeply personal visual medium that is  strongly influenced by the artists inspiration and creative imagination. However, of equal importance is how art invariably reflects the historical period in which it is produced. Artist extraordinaire  Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) was very much a part of his times, as were his drawings, sculptures, murals, and oil paintings. Several of his most compelling works are currently being  publicly displayed in the Los Angeles County Museum of Arts permanent modern art collection (URL: http://collectionsonline.lacma.org). One of the most poignant features of the Picasso exhibit is a 1937  canvas oil painting entitled "Weeping Woman with Handkerchief." A gift from Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Mitchell, as its online listing details, the painting measures 21 x 17 1/2", which  is 53.34 x 44.45 cm. To the casual observer, it vividly represents Picassos distinctive style. However, the serious art aficionado will recognize that this painting also tells the  moving story of the historical time period in which art longed to imitate the brutality of life. Pablo Picasso was always a man very much at war with himself, constantly  battling inner demons that prolifically poured onto his canvases. He literally had art in his blood, as the son of a neer-well-to-do painter and an art teacher (Munson 70).  Credited with the founding of Cubism, Picasso along with Georges Braque pioneered a radical artistic movement that originated in early 1900s. The twentieth century ushered in the modern  world and the conformity demanded by capitalism. Cubism sought to represent this Western assembly line mentality by literally transforming everything and everyone to cubed figures. In Cubist paintings, 

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