Classicism with political associations
Towards the late 1920s, Picasso’s interest in classical art – an interest shared by many of his contemporaries – became a potential source of embarrassment. In Italy and elsewhere, totalitarian political movements adopted a classical idiom, meaning that Classicism gradually became tinted by association with a particular political movement.
Picasso back to Cubism
When, in 1930, Picasso created etchings to illustrate Ovid’s Metamorphoses he returned to the Cubism he had developed before he took up a classical style. The figures are viewed from several angles at once or at different points in time within the same image.
Picasso makes a caricatures of Franco
In 1937, the implied political views of Ovid illustrations were replaced by more overt statements when Picasso created the satirical etchings The Dream and Lie of Franco during the time of the Spanish Civil War (1936-39). Here, the future dictator of Spain is presented as a caricature in a parodic tale full of references to the history and literary tradition of Spain.
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