Theme: Colour in Painting, again
Paintings: Self-portraits by Pablo Picasso
The Dance, by Paula Rego
The Sleeping Gypsy, by Rousseau
Gouache painting of herself in a field of flowers, by Charlotte Salomon
This was a shorter meeting. We looked again at Picasso’s self-portrait painted at the end of his life, and some of us thought it looked sad, with his lined, white face. His other self-portrait was made soon after his friend had died in Spain. We thought he chose the dark- blue colours to express his sad feelings.
The strong colours of The Dance – on a beach in the evening – made the arrangement very dramatic.
The Sleeping Gypsy was also unusual and made us wonder how the gypsy or the lion had got to that desert place as there were no footprints… and did the lion plan to eat the gypsy, or was it guarding him? It didn’t look at all fierce but was just gently sniffing him!