Picasso bathers represent a series of paintings created in the "African period". It is then that the artist begins to work on ideograms (that is, drawings symbolizing certain ideas). The paintings are full of different signs, based on Iberian art.
The main sign of the whole series of paintings is the female body. In the works of Picasso, it acquires a new mysterious meaning, symbolizes
The basis of the motive, the author selects naked women against the background of nature. To work with models, Picasso had his own personal workshop, where the model could relax and take the necessary position. The motive for the series of Bathers was the symbol of primordiality and naturalness. These paintings accompanied Picasso throughout his career.
The artist painted his bathers year after year. He made many sketches and sketches for this plot, trying to execute them in different artistic styles. At this time, the direction of a series of bathers is developing in the motive of the 1918 painting. At that time, he was already a famous master who created cubism and created abstract subjects.
However, in his bathers, he suddenly returned to the classics, I want to diversify the school with his innovations. At the same time, he is aware of all the shortcomings of the classical direction, which he speaks about in new works. His bathers are depicted in an unnatural position, with their arms and legs twisted. It seems like another second and they burst out laughing in front of the viewer. All movements of bathers are practically broken.
The painting of the master “Bathers with the ball”, painted in 1928. Here his images are ugly simplified. Three silhouettes seem to be made of ordinary cardboard. The symbol language, invented by the author in the African period, appears in this picture.