Picasso’s Étude pour Lysistrata portrays a poignant tableau through the artful division of the composition. The left half of the work depicts the men of Sparta armed and at council whilst the right half portrays the heroine Lysistrata rallying support from the women. These opposing methods of combat are juxtaposed to capture the drama’s comedic crux. The women’s raised arms powerfully counter the pointed and suggestively phallic weaponry of the men.
The completed illustrated book for which the study was intended comprises of six original etchings and thirty-four block reproductions after Picasso’s drawings.
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