Picasso Sculpture: For Kids

*Head of a Woman*

Pablo Picasso. Head of a Woman. 1929 734

Pablo Picasso. Head of a Woman. 1929–1930. Painted iron, sheet metal, springs, and metal colanders, 39 3/8 × 14 9/16 × 23 1/4″ (100 × 37 × 59 cm). Musée National Picasso

Narrator: Lots of Picasso’s sculptures began their lives as junk. That’s right—junk. Like this woman. Look closely. Can you see her eyes cut out of the metal bar in front? Where’s her nose? Find her lips—she’s blowing a kiss! Now look for the woman’s hair. It started out as bedsprings. Look at her round head. It’s two kitchen colanders – a bowl with holes that you use to rinse fruit or strain spaghetti.

Picasso was great at taking an everyday object from the trash and seeing possibilities in it that other people would never see.

Nancy Lim He used paper and cardboard …

Narrator: … toy ships, a shovel, a cake pan …

Nancy Lim:… tree branches, leaves, string …

Narrator: … a sink faucet, a birdcage, tennis balls …

Nancy Lim:… all kinds of trash that he found at the beach …

Narrator: … bicycles, buttons, bottle caps …

Nancy Lim:…pebbles, twigs …

Narrator: [speeding up to fit them all in more quickly] … rakes, baskets, shoes, watering cans, forks, paintbrushes, even a feather duster! [Exhales big breath in order to slow down to normal speed again]

Walk around the gallery with your grown-up—which of these everyday objects can you find in other sculptures?

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