Pablo Picasso's Girl In A Chemise

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The painting of Pablo Picasso’s “Girl in the Chemise” was painted in 1905. It is portable sized oil on canvas portrait, measuring 60 x 72.7cm, which is currently displayed in the Tate gallery, London. The only subject in the painting is young woman wearing a white chemise. She is in a central position on the canvas; standing in profile, looking to the right, in the viewer’s perspective. She is in front of a dark blue background, and the picture plane is level with the observer. Picasso has used large rough brush stokes to create the background using various shades of blue and green. He has used smaller, more accurate brush strokes for the girl. The painting is relatively dark with sharp contrasts created by the light source, which appears to be shining up from the bottom left hand corner of the painting. The effect is as though the girl radiates light; the highlights are picked up on the side of her face, her shoulder, her breast and the folds and creases of her dress. The girl is very pale and has a sad expression on her face, her eyes look tired with dark shadows underneath and her lips appear to be down turned in a frown. She has a long thin face and long straight nose. Her hair is tied in a bun, showing an elongated ear and slender neck. She is very slim and frail looking. Her arms are thin with the far one either in shadow or possibly covered by a brown shawl. Picasso has only depicted one breast clearly, which has an erect nipple making her look cold. The other breast is merely hinted at by the use of shading and highlighting on her dress. The effect of this painting is to create a sombre mood, showing a girl who looks quite poor. She does not wear any jewellery and her clothes look cheap and basic, the impression is that she has been living on the

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