20th Century Literature

Week 7: T.S Eliot, Literary Modernism, and The Quest For Meaning

2/ Describe the Picasso painting above. In other words paint his picture IN WORDS. Say briefly what makes it “modernist”.


Painted in 1956, Pablo Picasso’s painting above depicts a nude woman in a rocking chair.

The woman is painted white her body contorted and each part outlined in black; faceless with mismatched body parts. She is seated in a chair with brown spirals that look like horns rather than typical straight chair legs, showing that it is a rocking chair. The back of the chair is green but has a yellow pattern on it to show that it is not part of the wall.

The background is made up of black, green and yellow with a bright red floor, making the woman in the chair stand out as the main focus of the image. The plain colours as the background with a white square featuring a rough image of a blue palm tree show through a ‘window’ demonstrates a unique, modernistic perspective rather than a realistic one. Due to this lack of realistic perspective, the chair looks as though it blends into the wall; personally, if it did not have the pattern on the back of the chair, I would have believed it to be part of the wall.

I believe the painting is “modernist” as it is in bright bold colours, the woman is contorted rather than realistic and the painting lacks depth and perspective. It is not like a traditional and/or realistic painting you often see.


Image Source: https://michaelgriffith1.com/2016/09/10/t-s-eliot-literary-modernism-and-the-quest-for-meaning/


2 thoughts on “Week 7: T.S Eliot, Literary Modernism, and The Quest For Meaning”

  1. Hi Nicole-

    I really appreciated your insightful blog on Pablo Picasso’s ‘Nude in a rocking chair’, I always appreciate reading other peoples perspective on art as they allow for another distinct way of appreciating a painting. Your description of the colors and structure of the painting with the comparison of your own thoughts allow the audience to directly relate to your perspective of the painting. I have as well noted you have some really insightful views about Picasso’s painting I had never considered before so thank you so much for that.



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