His creativity is expressed notably in the many sketchbooks filled with numerous ink, pen and felt drawings. These studies were a means for Picasso to abandon himself to real experimentation. As is the case of the present work, he marked a number and date at the bottom of each of these drawings as if the better to emphasize their feverish succession. They are none the less guided by a logical and planned development.
Through these two sensual, sculpted figures Deux nus demonstrates how much Picasso, at the end of his life, managed to keep intact his sense of eroticism and his technical mastery. Here the artist gives one of his many interpretations of his favorite theme: the female nude. The techniques employed in the present work are diverse; the pure, serene line of the right hand figure evokes thus the classical works of the 1920s whilst the hatched lines sculpting the face of the left hand figure echo the masklike faces of the glorious years of the Demoiselles d'Avignon. Deux nus thus appears as the accomplished synthesis of the Spanish master's art who, only a few years before his death, was able to assert a creative genius that was still very much alive.
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