A magnificent overall picture "Dryad" or "Naked in the forest", Pablo Picasso painted in oil on canvas in his African period.
African art has always attracted the artist. He admired the exhibits in museums, admired the unusual attractive power of the magic of sculptures, which were often crude, but very attractive.
The painting was painted in 1908. The painter depicted in the picture either a woman or an idol from a tree. It seems that he simply pushed out of the thicket the ancient forest spirit-deity - the dryad. The master of the brush believed that the magic of Mother Nature could easily be conveyed by the magic of colors. In early Cubism, the Dryad painting stands out in that it is filled with the energy of life, because a wooden idol is not a frozen figure, but a gesturing Galatea.
The fact that Picasso approached the writing of the Dryad in a special way is evidenced by the size of the canvas. The artist carefully transferred the composition to a large canvas. This suggests that the picture is quite significant.
The background of the canvas is original. The sculptural figure is framed by two trunks of dead trees that form a niche. The dryad itself is pushed forward. The color scheme is also specific: the face is darkened, and a shade of yellow ocher predominates in the whole image.
The main thing that impresses the viewer when considering the "Dryads" is the simplified manner of writing and coarsening when depicting a female body.
To such actions of the painter was encouraged by shocking, because Picasso sought using the simplest methods to convey reality. His work was not reduced to geometrization, it has its own meaning.
The mysterious world of the Dryad is gloomy, open to dark forces, it is not illuminated by the light of the sun. The silhouette of a woman, executed in brown shades (from light to dark) is a little vulgar, with hidden energy. This is evidence that the artist often reflected on the contradictory nature of human nature.
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