Bathers on the beach, Pablo Picasso, Musée Picasso, Paris, France. Photo source: WikiPaintings.© This artwork maybe protected by copyright, and it is posted on the site in accordance with fair use principles.
Amid the new freedoms of the 1920s, Picasso mythologised the beach in works that go far beyond impressionist marine painting.
Picasso invented the beach.
Well, maybe not single-handedly. But if French 19th-century artists such as Degas defined the traditional seaside, it was Picasso in the 1920s who gave a visual form to the modern hedonism of sand and sensuality sur la plage…