Picasso - Hôtel Vaste Horizon, Mougins
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Picasso - Hôtel Vaste Horizon, Mougins 1937
In July 1937 Lee Miller and Roland Penrose travelled to Mougins in the south of France with painters Max Ernst, Leonora Carrington and Man Ray, and surrealist poets Paul Eluard and his wife Nusch. Miller took many photographs of the group, including this snapshot of Picasso who was staying at the hotel with Dora Maar. Miller appears to have caught the painter slightly off guard as he meets the lens of the camera with his dark, piercing gaze. Miller’s surrealist eye has however created an intriguing composition. The spotted design on Picasso’s shirt is continued over the back of his guest and into the blurred white roses and dark foliage in the background. The up-turned umbrella adds to the effect.

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Composition

The arrangement of different elements in a work of art.

Surrealism

A literary and artistic movement founded by the poet André Breton in 1924. Many of the associated artists, such as Max Ernst and Jean Arp, had previously been involved with Dadaism. The movement sought to challenge conventions through the exploration of the subconscious mind, invoking the power of dreams and elements of chance. Cultural hierarchies were challenged by the combination of diverse elements in collages and sculptural assemblages. The movement is also notable for the collaborations between artists and writers evident in the Surrealists' many publications.

Composition, Surrealism

Details

  • Acc. No. GMA 4838
  • Medium Black and white photograph (posthumous print)
  • Size Image size: 23.60 x 22.40 cm; sheet size: 36.30 x 29.20 cm
  • Credit Purchased with help from the Patrons of the National Galleries of Scotland 2006