Historical Artist That I Admire

Pablo Picasso

Pablo Ruiz Picasso was born on 25 October 1881 in Màlaga, Spain. Picasso was born in artistic family seeing, as his father was a painter and an art teacher. As such, Pablo’s father became his firs art teacher by introducing him to art early in life. Pablo’s mother claimed that his first word was ‘piz’, which is lapiz in Spanish and it means pencil. Picasso received the best education that his family could afford and his father introduced him to the works of old Spanish art masters in Madrid. You could say that he received his skill on a silver platter but Picasso went ahead and proved to the world that he had in depth talent and was not just an entitled artist.

Picasso’s artistry seemingly matured in Barcelona. He spent time in Madrid, Paris, and Barcelona between 1900 and 1904 where he begun sculpting. During this period, his paintings were characterized by hues of blue, which led to this time being referred to as the Blue Period. The paintings echoed a sort of sadness that may have been attributed to the loss of his friend, Carlos Casegemas, who committed suicide. The subjects of the paintings entailed prostitutes and beggars in the streets of Barcelona. The most famous paintings of the Blue Period are The Old Guitarist, Blue Nude, and La Vie.

The Rose Period in 1904 indicates the period in which Picasso’s work brightened as he painted in bright shades of pink and red. His subjects at this time entailed circus artists and performers. The most famous paintings of the Rose Period are Gertrude Stein, Two Nudes, and Family at Saltimbanques.

Pablo Picasso met Georges Braque in 1906 and his painting style changed to include a dark palette with heavy and solid forms. It is at this time that Pablo and George introduced the world to Cubism. Cubism is a form of art that entails drawing broken objects that are reassembled in an abstract format in order to reveal their intricate geometric shapes. The paintings resemble collages but with distinct shapes that can be viewed from multiple points of view. French writer Max Jacob stated that Cubism was quite similar to literal cubism in that it acted as a means, but not an end.

Picasso’s famous works in Cubism include Three Women, Girl with Mandolin, and Bread and Fruit dish on a Table. Picasso was not a fan of labels since they seemed to restrict art into one particular dimension. As such, he rejected the Cubism title. His work transformed into paintings that alluded to the presence of subjects in space instead of using actual geometric figures to represent them. This period is famously known as the Synthetic Cubism period.

Picasso’s Classical Period threw him back into the realms of using art to depict reality where he painted The Two Women Running on The Beach and The Pipes of Pan. Picasso’s work later in life seems like a shadow of his earlier works since it was more childish and less intricate in design. However, his fans still received his later works with open arms due to their carefree nature.


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