This painting depicts the abstract form of a woman sitting in a chair with her head, shown in profile and tilted upward. There is a stringed instrument in her lap and her hands rest on the arms of the chair. It is painted in muted colors of aqua and lavender with brighter areas of yellow, orange and blue. The figure, chair and instrument are created with just a few black lines to suggest their forms.
The painting is an abstract rendering of a woman seated in a chair, playing a mandolin. Picasso has emphasized the theme by including several musical symbols. The subject is Marie Therese Walter, Picasso’s lover at the time.
This black and white photograph shows a partial view of a guitar against a solid black background. It is a cropped, close-up image showing a portion of the fingerboard and upper bout.
Ralph Gibson is well known for his photographs published in book form and this work appeared in, "Light Strings: Impressions of the Guitar". Gibson studied and played the guitar from an early age, but decided to pursue photography. "I realized that a serious decision had to be made, a choice between photography and music. Photography had to win but that didn't mean divorcing the guitar... for the next forty years I continued to play and follow the evolution of the guitar.... I play throughout the day and still wonder how far the instrument will take me." From "Light Strings" 1-16-04
This is the title page for a portfolio of photographs, "Ralph Gibson, The Silver Edition - Volume I." Below the title line are five images of the black and white photographs contained in the portfolio.
This is a portfolio of photographs by Ralph Gibson created to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of his photographic career. He is well-known for his balanced compositions with strong curves, shapes and lines and photographs published in book form.
"I have investigated a lot of ideas - I love taking pictures of nothing, of ordinary objects, maybe even just the corner of a room. I love flattening and even reducing things. When I photograph flesh, I like to make it look like a stone. But, when I am photographing a stone, I like to make it look alive. I love re-contextualizing the quality of my subjects."
A highly abstracted photographic composition in which the viewer catches glimpses of a female nude seen in the stomach at center and the keyhole glimpse of a breast to the viewer's right; the overall composition is dark with patterned, textured overlapping fabrics
A highly abstracted figure of a reclining nude female holding a mandolin. The figure and the instrument share the same organic form and suggest sensuality and harmony.