The painting "Three Women" belongs to the African period of Pablo Picasso. At that time, Picasso was inspired by some primitivism of African art, combined with a huge magical component. African artists did not try to convey authenticity or beauty. It was important for them to speak of the natural forces opposing humanity throughout its history.
In the picture you can see an unusual combination of African motifs and the latest ideas of cubism. The three women in the Picasso painting are more like rocks - the same angularity, sharp features, even in color they are indistinguishable from the rock nearby.
Picasso destroys the usual forms of objects. The objects and people in the picture are static, frozen in certain poses. Their figures consist of many planes, curved and concave. The painting appeared at a time when the very term “cubism” did not yet exist; it appeared a few months later, not without the influence of the artist himself. Picasso is both a conservative (African plot) and an innovator.
This is one of the first cubic stylizations where Picasso works not with inanimate objects, but with people. In his still lifes of that time, he makes full use of spheres, cones, cylinders and other geometric shapes. Unlike the paintings that appeared a few years later, in Three Women there is still no complete rejection of the form; one can distinguish bodies, faces, and poses. The figures seem to have been created by a rude sculptor or carpenter who knocked them out with the help of a primitive ax. The “slices” of the sculpture were painted in various shades of red.
Despite the fact that not everyone appreciated the new direction in painting, for Picasso the picture was a turning point. The artist began to enjoy the respect of numerous collectors (in particular, the wife of Stein acquired the Three Women) and finally ceased to experience any material difficulties.
Description of the External View of the Keyboard Monument