The 6 signed illustrations provided by Picasso illustrate the beautiful marriage between literature and art. From the perspective of Lysistrata by Artistophane, the Greek myth associated in the paintings is the very need of a woman to make her man be safe from the wars and dangers all around.
The Queen in the play does not focus on making a difference all by herself but believes in the welfare of other men as well and so asks other women to collectively fight against the war. The refraining from physical intercourse or any sexual activity has highlighted the power of women in ancient Greek. The nudity aspect in the play could have been made to reveal only sexual aspect behind the theme of the play but Picasso focused on feelings and transcendence of emotions which the play actually deserved (Schwartz 2008). The text of Lysistrata has used analogous form from the world’s mundane activities wherein ancient Greek women lived for explaining the world way in which their strategy can work for welfare of the society.
It was as though Greek women had knowledge, intelligence and highly stylized thought process which reflects through Picasso’s illustrations. Each of these illustrations as even provided in this essay have demarked the transition that literature took in the early centuries. Lysistrata in the play was a strong women who encourages other women to stay stubborn on this decision taken by them and not get tormented by the efforts made from husbands to ask them to leave this stubbornness. After arrival of a Spartan Herald for making a treaty, as evident in Figure 4, it is evident that he is also suffering from the rampant priapism grown amongst the men of Athens. Lysistrata then acts as a mediator between the men of two cities (Spartans and Athenian) by alleging them of poor behavior making them to disagree on fighting a war.