Friday, April 18, 2014

P = Pablo Picasso, Art Legend - A to Z Challenge

ART: Artists, Art Trivia, Art Legends

A glimpse of the ART world, in the manner of an alphabetical mini-art tour. ART focuses on artists and art movements between the 1850's-1960's. There are exceptions.





Pablo Picasso 1962, via Wikipedia Commons (PD)

P = Pablo Picasso
1881 – 1973


As one of the most influential artists of the 20th century, Pablo Picasso is known as a co-founder of the Cubist movement, and the invention of constructed sculpture.

His career as a painter started in 1894. At the age of 14, he painted Portrait of Aunt Pepa, a portrait that is considered 'one of the greatest in the history of Spanish painting'. The influence of artists such as Toulouse-Lautrec and Edvard Munch led Pablo to form his own personal version of Modernism.

Picasso's most famous work is Guernica, his depiction of the bombing during the Spanish Civil War.

Guernica by Pablo Picasso, 1937.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:PicassoGuernica.jpg  Guernica, scroll to bottom end of Wikipedia page.

Portrait of Igor Stravinsky, c. 1920
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Stravinsky_picasso.png - also at the bottom of the wiki page


Picasso was exceptionally prolific throughout his long lifetime. The total number of artworks he produced has been estimated at 50,000, comprising 1,885 paintings; 1,228 sculptures; 2,880 ceramics, roughly 12,000 drawings, many thousands of prints, and numerous tapestries and rugs. 

Pablo died on April 8,1973 in Mougins, France. At the time of his death many of his paintings were in his possession. These works form the core of an immense collection of the Musée Picasso in Paris. (The Musée Picasso was closed for renovations when we located it in 2010 Paris.)
 
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Are you a fan of Picasso's art? (early periods, cubism or sculpture)  Do you prefer some of his earlier 'realistic' paintings to the analytical cubism?

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Brought to you by the A to Z Blog Challenge 2014 Team and the originator: Lee of Tossing it Out. Click the A to Z list of participants and read on.





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References:
 

A Picasso Wiki
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pablo_Picasso 


Picasso - previous post in 2012 A to Z, Pablo's early time in Paris

http://dghudson-rainwriting.blogspot.ca/2012/04/p-pablo-picasso-in-paris-to-z-challenge.html


Pablo Picasso's works will not enter the public domain in France, Spain and other European countries until 2043.

Image of Picasso, 1962 -PD-WC

This image is in the public domain because the copyright of this photograph, registered in Argentina, has expired. (Both at least 25 years have passed after the photograph was created, and it was first published at least 20 years ago, Law 11.723, Article 34 as amended, and Berne Convention Article 7 (4)).

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22 comments:

  1. Of course I am... Love his incredible modernist pov and his art reflects this.

    A VERY accomplished artist. He broke all the rules of classical art (which he was an incredible realist painter in the beginning)and created beauty in his fragmented and imaginative world.I may not like all is works, but most are AMAZING, COLORFUL, and just plan FASCINATING.

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    1. I learned to love Picasso when I learned about his earlier painting, through an art history prof. And, he was one of the favorites of Gertrude Stein.

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  2. I can't deny a lot of his work goes right over my head. But Guernica is so powerful.

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    1. That painting, Guernica is my favorite. The tortured animals and the people who suffer in war.
      He must have felt the pain of his country at war. I also like his Blue period, and many of his drawings and sketches.

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  3. I didn't realized he'd died that recently. Although I guess 1973 really was a while ago!

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    1. That's why his copyrights are good until 2043. As I was searching I found a photo of him meeting the lovely and fetching young Bridgette Bardot. He was smiling then.

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  4. I've already said that cubism isn't my favorite, BUT Guernica is very effective in depicting the destruction in a different way. I look at it and feel the pain and suffering. So that means the painting succeeds and I like it. Always an exception to every rule!!!

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  5. Picasso produced a lot of work. I'll admit I'm not a big fan of his style.

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    1. That's fair. Certain paintings just seem to have power. It may be the subject, war, that gives it impact.

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  6. I understand what Picasso was trying to say in Guernica, but its haphazard, crude block style distances the viewer from the horror of mangled, bloody bodies of human and animal alike to me. Just my perspective. :-)

    I knew you would feature Picasso today for P.

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    1. And you're entitled to voice your perspective here. . .I learned there is more to an image than what we see. It's also what we associate the image with in our own minds.

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  7. I like Picasso's work, although I admit, it was an acquired taste. My husband and I visited the museum when we were in Paris. It is impressive how prolific he was!

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    1. Lucky you, we looked for it the same day we visited the Musee Carnavalet, and it was closed for a few months in 2010.

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  8. Not a fan at all. Not even a little bit.

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    1. Honestly spoken and appreciated. Art is subjective, and not everything on the smorgasbord of this art theme will appeal to everyone. Glad you visited!

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  9. Because Picasso is so acknowledged, I guess I have accepted him as a great artist, however, I have never really been touched by this art.

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    1. Art is subjective, and I like some of his art much more than others. Guernica is one cubist painting that encapsulates the destruction of war. Thanks for being honest, Inger.

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  10. I agree with Inger. But he was always experimenting and trying new things. But moved by his art...no.

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    1. Thanks for stating your feelings, too loverofwords.

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  11. I enjoyed viewing some of his works when in France. Also enjoyed reading one of his daughters memoirs about her life and her father. What a prolific artist!

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    1. Life with Picasso as a dad must have been interesting.

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