Inspired by Picasso's momentous 1907 painting Les Demoiselles d'Avignon, this oil pastel and gouache work by Rachel Schultz offers a reinterpretation of the infamous fractured female figures that both softens and reignites their historic representation. Schultz’s reductive palette may be a nod to Picasso’s Pink and Blue periods that preceded Les Demoiselles d’Avignon; while her gestural strokes breathe life into Picasso’s brutally angular women in soft, although no less fierce, swirls and eddies of color. In doing so, Les Demoiselles are reclaimed as complex, almost gender-less auras. In appointing the women with dynamic rhythm Schultz frees them from Picasso-bound statuesqueness and instead allows them to emanate from the picture as pure energy; elemental confrontations of desire.
Rachel Schultz, b. 1992, New York, is an artist based in New York City.
Oil pastel and gouache on paper
6 x 9 inches