Elements and Principles of Art-
The Weeping Woman
I am the weeping women.
The series centered around me is considered as a continuation of the tragedy outlined in Picasso’s grand painting Guernica. In focusing on the image of myself crying, Picasso was no longer painting the effects of the Spanish Civil War directly, but rather referring to a singular universal image of suffering.
I came at the end of the series of prints, drawings and paintings, Picasso made in protest in 1937. In May 1937 Picasso’s mother wrote to him from Barcelona that smoke made her eyes water from the burning city during all the fighting.The Mater Dolorosa, the weeping Virgin, is a traditional image in Spanish art, often represented in lurid baroque sculptures with glass tears, like the very solid one that flows towards my right ear. Picasso’s father, an artist, made one for the family home.