Acquired from the above by the present owner in 1989
Josep Palau i Fabre, Picasso: From the Ballets to Drama (1917-1926), Barcelona, 1999, no. 1469, illustrated p. 413
Palau i Fabre wrote about this group of works: ‘As an echo or prolongation of the ballet Mercure, the artist drew a number of figures based on the principles that emerged from the execution of that project […]. The arabesque, which tends to unite, and the diversity of planes, which tends to fragment, are here combined in both harmony and dissonance. The dynamics inherent to the ballet, on “crashing” against the surface [of] the canvas or the paper, retains all its capricious qualities and attempts to submit to its canons in as unsubmissive a way as possible. This subversive aspect is most visible in Three Bathers [the present work]’ (J. Palau i Fabre, op. cit., p. 413).
Palau i Fabre writes further about the composition of Trois baigneuses: ‘The uniform colour fields, either light or dark, accompanying each of the three bodies do not wholly encompass them, thereby creating what our eyes perceive as a kind of fixed mobility and preventing the composition from becoming wholly intelligible. This echoes in a more accentuated way what he achieved with the stage curtain for Mercure’ (ibid., p. 413).
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