The Famous Artist Picasso

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Father of Modern Art....

Everyone has heard of HIM! He is one of the most well known artists of the 20th century and is a 'household name'. The father of Modern Art and the co-founder of cubism along with Georges Braque.

He was born in Malaga Spain on October the 25th 1881. His father was also a painter who specialised in the naturalistic depiction of birds. Being the Professor of Art at the School of Crafts he provided his son with much of his creative schooling. However surprisingly he never never finished his college level course.

In the 1900s he moved to Paris which at that time was the Art Capital of Europe. He lived much of his time in terrible poverty sometimes being forced to burn his work in order to warm his room. He shared his dwelling place with Max Jacob who was a young journalist and preffered to work at night and Max during the day.

He was inspired by the lovers in his life who were definitely his muses. Amongst many were Fernande Oliver and Marcelle Humbert.

The Cubist

Even although he was a Cubist he was associated with abstract art because of his representation of subjective and figurative subject matter. Depicting natural objects with views of different angles hidden from our normal observation. To the ordinary observer this can be mistaken as purely abstraction. The Cubists were interested in reducing objects to the very essence of what they represent often with the inclusion of locomotion. The emphasis wasn't on colour and personal expression as we can see later on with the Abstract Expressionists

The Pioneer

He still expressed the natural order of the world but concentrated on developing a Universal way of perceiving. If you compare him to Salvador Dali's work you can see how the natural order remains intact. The Surrealists were not as interested in a way of 'seeing,' the world but more about their Movement's actual philosophy. To them the artifact was secondary as they used it as a vessel to make their own views known. He was a Painting Pioneer. Personaly I feel that as an artist he has more in common with the Impressionists. "Why?" I hear you ask. This is because they were scientifically obsessed with understanding the way that we percieve the world. Where light and shadow meet creating three dimentional depth. How our mind can be tricked by an optical illusion such as perspective.

Picasso book review

There have been many books about The Master but the best by far are written by the master auther John Richardson. I managed to find this book, A Life of Picasso: The Triumphant Years, 1917-1932 (Vol 3) (If you click on the text link it will take you to Amazon where you can find out more!)I really liked reading this one because it concentrates on The Master's actual life. Picasso goes to Rome and Richardson describes his experience with both delicacy and a bold confidence. A must read for Picasso fans! I also found this amazing book review by Gail Cooke who is a professional reviewer. Book review by Gail Cooke:

To say that John Richardson has completed a monumental task is surely an understatement. His three volumes in a planned four part biography of this iconic artist are testament to the biographer's depth of knowledge as well as an intimate understanding of his subject's life and oeuvre. Mr. Richardson's authorial skills and powers of description are more than gratifying to both students of art and less informed readers as each page contributes to a greater knowledge of the man christened Pablo Diego José Francisco de Paula Juan Nepomuceno María de los Remedios Cipriano de la Santísima Trinidad Clito Ruiz y Picasso.

The Triumphant Years, 1917 - 1932, covers a period of tumult and triumph in his life. Along with his friend poet Jean Cocteau Picasso has gone to Rome . He has agreed to do the decor for Diaghiliev's ballet Parade. While he had hoped to be married in Rome, his from time to time mistress changed her mind. Enter Olga Khokhlova, a lady like ballerina who was as "unbeddable as the `nice' Malaguena girls that his family had tried to foist on him."

There was naught to do but marry her - a marriage that may have begun in heaven but descended into hell with the deterioration of Olga's health and psychological condition. In 1927 he met 17-year-old Marie-Therese Walter, a young beauty with whom he became obsessed. Thus began an intense love for Marie-Therese and unbridled hatred for Olga, emotions which Richardson ties to figure paintings done during that time.

Picasso's 50th birthday, according to Richardson, was both a milestone and a millstone as the artist was driven to somehow stem the passage of years with work. In addition, we're reminded that biographer Jack Flam saw Picasso at that time "as a master who felt compelled to correct or improve his fellow painters' performances." (Especially Matisse).

Thanks to John Richardson, here is Picasso - explored and explained. Especially helpful for this reader was the light shed on the artist's often savage imagery. A Life of Picasso will undoubtedly stand for generations to come as the definitive biography of Picasso. We are in Mr. Richardson's debt.

- Gail Cooke -

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Mediterranean Landscape

The Acrobat, c.1930
The Acrobat

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Guitar, Glass and Fruit

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