Picasso, The Three Dancers
© Succession Picasso/DACS 2010
The Three Dancers (1925)
In 1925 Picasso created a violent new painting called The Three Dancers. He painted this image during a period of turmoil in his private life as his marriage to the ballet dancer Olga Khokhlova fell apart.
The painting is filled with symbols and shadows, disruption, torment and ambiguity. The central figure, for example, sports a slit that could be an eye or a mouth, hinting at an underlying sense of anguish and disorder.
It's regarded as another major turning point for Picasso, this time towards a more expressive style that tackled the darker side of life head-on.