Today’s Fine Art Felines artwork is “Woman with Cat” by Pablo Picasso. This impressionist pastel sketch was completed in 1900, which is considered Picasso’s early years (Picasso lived from 1881 – 1973). What I really like about this work is that it is not typically what I picture when I think about Picasso, with whom I associate abstract, cubist art. There’s a lot of subtle movement in this sketch (e.g., the woman’s hand petting the cat), with muted emotion connecting these two naptime snugglers. My favorite thing about this sketch, however, is not really the subject, but the picture of the person in the background. I can just hear an art instructor telling Picasso how to shape and shadow the woman, but then I can also hear Picasso whispering to himself, “screw that, I’m gonna draw this funky little cartoon person right back here just to bring a little bit of myself to this piece”. It almost looks like a woman with a mustache drawn her…was Picasso a cartoonist or comedian at heart? I don’t know.
This is a sketch that uses my favorite colors, and I love the layering, the softness, and of course the cat in this piece. I hope you like it too! Muah!