In the Name of Picasso
"Against an azure wall of water fragments of bone and bleached carapace assemble the monumental image of isolated, predatory woman. Woman-as-insect, with great mandibles in place of mouth evoking more effectively than any Masson or Miro the threat of the vagina dentata, this painting has functioned for years as a major emblem of Picasso's affinities with surrealism, as it has also established his preoccupation with an especially surrealizing notion of metamorphosis."
- Rosalind Krauss
Pablo Picasso, Seated Bather, 1930.










Visual Structures
Viewer and Image
Real and Ideal
Given and New
Center and Margin
Foreground and Background
Proximity and Presence
Before and After
Past, Present, and Future
Fast and Slow
Magritte, Treachery of Images, 1948.











Viewer and Image
Burt Reynolds, Cosmopolitan Magazine, April 1972.
Burt Reynolds Regrets Photo












male gaze = a theory introduced by Laura Mulvey's 1975 essay "Visual Pleasure in Narrative Cinema that examines the activity of looking in classic Hollywood cinema. Mulvey posited that because the story is usually told from the white heterosexual male protagonist's point of view, the viewer is assumed to also be white, male and heterosexual. Prompted by this theory, art historians have traced this idea of looking back to the Renaissance when artists, through the invention and use of linear perspective began to imagine their viewer to be male.
Holy Trinity
Trinity perspective
Masaccio, Trinity with the Virgin, Saint John the Evangelist, and Donors, c. 1425 - 1428.
Trinity perspective diagram






















Rods and cones explanation