7 PICASSO PAINTINGS IN ONE.
He was prolific to say the least - as many as 50,000 works of art with 1,885 paintings. My problem was finding work that when combined could tell a cohesive story (at least in my mind) and paintings that I wouldn't totally botch up with my limited skills.
The sides of the "Chairbox" support Picasso's "La Lecture" and "Reading". The muse of both is Marie-Therese Walter with whom Picasso was enamored. On one end is the grizzly "Cat Catching A Bird" The cat sits menacingly on the threshold of the times to come within the grounds of "Small House In The Garden". On the other end is "The Roaster" which conveys a sense of the helplessness of war. The colorful bird (maybe the one the cat was after?) stands near the "Factory At Horto De Ebro" which like the "Small House In The Garden" is a peaceful scene largely influenced by Cezanne. Love, war and peace.
The original which currently sits in the collection at MoMA has a fascinating history in its construction. Trying to reproduce it out of paper mache, it came as no surprise to learn that Picasso first sculpted it out of paper - origami. Seems fitting to me. It's hard to imagine anyone sitting in the chair for long. A symbol of changing times perhaps?
The seventh painting on my coffee table box lid "Still Life With Chair Caning" is a fascinating collage where not all is as it seems. Most agree that you look at a glass café table upon which is a newspaper, a knife and food - perhaps a grapefruit. The rope is real. The chair caning "below" the table is painted oil cloth.
I painted the table as a mat on the floor with a half-eaten plate of bacon and eggs in relief on top. A folded and unread newspaper is left as though Marie-Therese were in a hurry to get off the funny chair and retreat to reading her book in a more comfortable setting.
There you have it. Interpret my reproduction as you will. It's meant to tickle the senses and make you laugh!
"The Chairbox" 14" tall x 9.5" long x 8" wide can be found on Etsy in my Paper Prezzies shop