Picasso’s Dancer and Picador (1960)
This ink drawing by Picasso is united by its apparent subject, a seated picador, the horseman who pierces a bull's flank with his lance, sits watching a Spanish dancer. But even though they seem united in one scene there is a clear division between the light area of the picador and the dark half of the dancer. Besides, why should a fully-dressed picador be watching a dancer? The unlikeliness of the scene, the two sides united only by Spanish-ness, suggests that they are in fact on two different levels of reality. The picador on the light side claps his hands to produce the image of the serpentine dancer in darkness.
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