Artist Research – Pablo Picaso & Rose Jaffe


Pablo Picasso

Pablo Picasso is a historical artist who was a Spanish painter, sculpture, print maker and he invented collage.  He also did stage design, was a poet and playwright as well. He was born October 25 1881 and died on the 8th of April 1973. He spent most of his life in France as an artist.  In his early days as an artist he painted in a realistic manner however the prints that we are researching are more abstract.  His style changed as he experimented with different theories, ideas and techniques.  His painting “Guernica,” which depicts the bombing of a Basque village during the Spanish Civil War, is considered his masterpiece.


Below are the two prints I have chosen to analyse. There is little tone, many of his prints are quite block colored with bold colors.  In some of his work he uses very vibrant colors whereas some are just black and white.  His prints do not have a lot of detail to them and all his portraits are central.  A lot of his prints have women as their subject and they are not showing much expression; they are not sad or happy just expressionless.  He uses a variety of printing techniques like lino and he has created a variety of shapes that make up the face.  In some of his work he uses the style of Cubism where he puts the face at a different angles and distorts it.

There is a contrast of light and dark and it looks as if the ‘Woman with a Hat of Orne’ that has created the effect that looks as if the lady is stood next to a window.  It doesn’t give off much emotion, there is quite a lot of mystery to it.

Woman with a Hat of Orne
He uses mostly secondary colours and yellow as the primary.  I have mixed opinions about this work because I like the use of the block color and how he’s highlighted certain areas of the face (such as along the nose and cheekbone).  At the same time it’s very naive and childlike.  He doesn’t go into much details like in the straw hat and in the hat so he uses thick bold likes and are not creating much tone or texture.  For example Da Vinci would have put in curls, texture and detail.


Woman in a Hat with Pompoms and a Printed Blouse
He was married but when he was 45 he had a mistress called Marie-Therese Walter (featured in one of his paintings named after her).  She was only 17 at the time and was the mother of his first child.  I feel his overall intentions of his work are portraits of this woman or a different woman and him showing his love for them.



Rose Jaffe

Rose Jaffe is from Washington DC and is mainly known for her short lived exploration of printmaking where she created her seven famous mono print pieces, however, she has a very wide range of other skills such as, ceramics, painting, cartoons and installations.

Rose Jaffe’s mono print of her younger sister Olivia

Rose Jaffe’s side profile of her ceramics professor

Rose Jaffe’s portrait of her ceramics professor

Both artist are distinctively different from each other, yet, they both concentrate on portraits and have an aspect of simplicity to them.


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