26 x 82 x 43 cm
Fundación Almine y Bernard Ruiz-Picasso para el Arte, Madrid. On temporary loan to the Museo Picasso Málaga
Although Picasso never officially joined the Surrealist movement, he did share many of its ideas and incorporated Surrealist elements, such as transformed and distorted figures, into his works. During the 1930s, installed in Boisgeloup, he focused primarily on sculpture.
‘I always aim at the resemblance. An artist should observe nature but never confuse it with painting. It is only translatable into painting by signs. But such signs are not invented. To arrive at the sign, you have to concentrate hard on the resemblance. To me, surreality is nothing, and has never been anything but this profound resemblance, something deeper than the forms and the colors in which objects present themselves.’
[Picasso in conversation with Brassaï, rue des Grands-Augustins, Paris, 15 May 1945, quoted in Brassaï, Picasso and Company, New York, Doubleday, 1966, pp. 162–63]
What was happening in 1931?
- Picasso is focused on making new sculptures at his Boisgeloup studio.
- On 14 April, the Second Republic is proclaimed in Spain.
- The Empire State Building, the tallest structure in the world at the time, opens in New York.
- In China, the Yangtze River floods claim the lives of three million people.