Une Anatomie

The first edition of Minotaure, published in 1933, featured a series of drawings by Pablo Picaso (Minotaure, pp. 33-37), which were collectively referred to as Une Anatomie. These highly sculptural drawings have an afro-totemic skeletal quality and the majority of them appear to be female, except for one. There sculptural-like quality had a significant impact on the development of post-1950s modern sculpture, particularly on the early work of Henry Moore and Isamu Noguchi.

The drawings were reproduced with an initial title page consisting of a reclining figure, a child and a standing figure in front of what appears to be a seaside bathing hut. The four remaining pages each depict six figures. A separate drawing with similar skeletal characteristics was also produced in the same period and is included in this study under the title seated woman.

This investigation focused on the fact that the 3-dimensional quality of the drawings made them appear as though drawn from existing sculptural forms, which was not the case. Their clarity enabled 3D versions to be made in order to examine their formal qualities and conceptual content.

Both the drawings and the scuiptural versions, produced in 1995, suggest that the drawn images were made up of domestic objects such as tables, chairs, and bowls juxtaposed with references, in the majority of cases, to the female anatomy, particularly sexual organs.

First page Une Anatomie
Second page Une Anatomie
third page Une Anatomie
page four Une Anatomie
page five Une Anatomie
Picasso cover for the first issue of Minotaure,1933