Cannes, January 1, 1961
Cut, folded, and painted sheet metal
31 x 19,6 x 11,7 cm
Museo Picasso Málaga. Gift of Christine Ruiz-Picasso. MPM1.68
During the war years, Picasso painted a series of horizontal nudes as grim and motionless as corpses. His postwar reclining nudes came back to life, unfolding like the fields and hills of a landscape, while his vertical sheet metal sculptures invite the viewer’s eyes to caress their surfaces and crevices.
‘“Art is never chaste”, Picasso said to me one day. “Ignorant, innocent people should not be allowed to look at it; those who are insufficiently prepared should not encounter it. Yes, art is dangerous. Or, if it is chaste, it is not art.”’
[Picasso in conversation with Antonina Vallentin, quoted in Antonina Vallentin, Vida de Picasso, Buenos Aires, Hachette, 1957, p. 246]
What was happening in 1961?
- Picasso settles at Notre-Dame de Vie, an estate in Mougins on the French Riviera.
- The USSR launches the first manned flight into outer space, with cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin on board.
- The German Democratic Republic gives the order to begin building the Berlin Wall.
- The Beatles give their first performance in Liverpool, UK.