About the Artist
As an artist who likes to write in pictures, my primary interest is human behavior and perception. I am fascinated in the ability of people to contrive selves in a projection of what each individual desires to be or believes to be at the moment. To study individual identity in terms of its social reality is to work in the realm of Moliere.
As individual behavior extends to national identity I am constantly
curious at how we perceive ourselves and project ourselves as opposed to how others perceive us.
In order to deal with our carnival society with its models, pop icons and
political idols designed to trick us, my first defense is to become invisible by blending into the surroundings. Then to observe and record.
In a world of accepted ideas my job is to strip them of their acceptability and, in a style influenced by the drawings of children, mad persons, brutes and outsiders, I practice the playful juggling of serious issues.
Sable Mouvant (1966)
Published by Louis Broder, Picasso illustrated these etching and aquatints as homage to the fascinating poem by Pierre Reverdy. Sable Mouvant (quicksand) is set in the desert and relates to a number of psychological struggles and hallucinations. The works by Picasso elegantly depict Reverdy뭩 intentions and remove the viewer from reality to expose the inner turmoil of a helpless man and his surroundings. Examples of this suite can be found in the Picasso Museum, Barcelona.
Le Cocu Magnifique (1966)
Le Cocu Magnifique (The Splendid Cuckold) is an illustration of the 1921 play by Belgian playwright and friend of Picasso, Fernand Crommelynck. The title refers to the cuckoo bird female who commonly lays her eggs in other nests and the play revolves around the tribulations of love and adultery. These works divulge in Picasso뭩 use of erotic sequences; making use of his dramatic line and mastery of aquatint. Consistent with many works in his later years, we often see reflections of an autobiographical quality within the suite.