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By Picasso

Weeping Woman

Composition and Brushstrokes

The weeping woman portrays a woman who is in deep despair. Throughout the painting, we are able to see quite a lot of sharp edges and contrasting colours. The woman's black piercing eyes are wide-opened, her tears running down in clear drops, and she is biting a handkerchief which she grips tightly in her hands. Placed on the top of her head is a black, yellow and red hat with a blue flower on top. Her shattered image reminds us almost of a broken mirror and her distressed face enables us to see the pure emotions this lady is feeling. The painting seems resemble an expression that we refer to today as "break down."

With his unusual and expressive style, Picasso was able to express complex emotions such as grief, outrage, terror, etc. that we as viewers are able to relate to.

Throughout the painting weeping woman, there are lines and shapes that viewers eyes are instantly draw to.

This is because they stand out from the rest of the painting. Almost all of the lines are thick with a heavy outline making the woman emotions very clear. The thick lines emphasise her emotions of the woman very well and almost tell the viewers that Picasso was very sure in the way he has painted this picture. The women's facial expressions are emphasised by the great contrast between the large shapes and smaller shapes. For example the hair which is outlined with thick bold, wavy lines, that instantly gives the painting texture.


In this particular painting, the colours are very bold and bright, which is strange as most people would associate dark, dull colours like greys and blacks with misery and grief, but Picasso used these certain colours for a good reason.