Essay on pablo picasso

Pablo Picasso

Pablo Picasso was considered the greatest artist of the 20th century because of his unique styles and techniques. Pablo Ruiz y Picasso was born in Malaga, Spain on October 25, 1881 to a professor of art named Jose Ruiz Blanco and his wife Maria Picasso Lopez. Because of his fathers’ occupation, Picasso’s talent was quickly noticed and appreciated. Don Jose, an art teacher, moved Picasso and his family to La Coruna and then to Barcelona where he was Picasso’s instructor at the fine arts academy. At the age of 10 Picasso made his first paintings, and performed brilliantly on the entrance exams to Barcelona’s School Of Fine Arts. From there he went to the academy of San Fernando Madrid, and returned to Barcelona in 1900. In his early teenage years Picasso painted under his fathers influence and in Spanish realism. As his knowledge became broader, he also painted in the dotted style of impressionism and the art of nouveau style. From 1901 to 1904 Picasso entered a phase called “Blue Period”. In 1901 Picasso’s friend Carles Casagimas shot himself because of a broken romance. This tragic death effected Picasso greatly, and because of his own failures he fell into a depression period. Even Picasso’s art was effected by his depression. His paintings were gloomy and mostly composed of shades of blues and greens. During this time Picasso painted the homeless, beggars, prostitutes, cripples, the hungry, and other out cast. In his paintings Picasso distorted the human figure to convey the mortal and principal decay of his subjects. In Evocation (The Burial of Casagemas), painted in 1901, Picasso showed the body of his friend Casagemas lying on the earth shrouded in white, while people mourn over it. His spirit is riding a white horse which moves upward through a sky thick with nude people. Another famous painting from this period is La Vie, painted in 1903, which shows saddened, couple embracing and looking at the figure of an old woman holding a baby in her arms. The painting also contains two small pictures of nudes between the large standing figures. The two small paintings of huddled nude figures came from the Van Gogh painting Sorrow. Blind Mans Meal, Painted in 1903, depicts a blind man seated at a table which was set for a meal. One hand held a piece of bread, while the long fingers of the other reached toward the jug of wine. To Picasso blindness…

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…d the idea that objects were more than one object at a time. One of Picasso’s greatest works occurred during the 1930’s. His famous painting Guernica used all the qualities of the different styles of art. This twelve foot long canvas was a protest against the bombing of a Basque town of Guernica. Guernica displays human suffering and how horse and warrior suffer alike. It is thought that with each new relationship Picasso had there was a different sort of creativity, a new idea. The painting shows his infatuation with Olga Kophloua was The Lovers (Vogue 21). Marie-Therese was a mistress who inspired Picasso a lot. Picasso loved using her in his art. Picasso found her vulnerability very reassuring. Until their affair ended, the portraits of Marie were all gracious and sweet. The Weeping Woman a portrait of Dora Maar has a very unattractive face and had tears, which were probably tears, that Picasso had caused. Pablo Ruiz y Picasso died on April 8, 1973. He was considered the foremost artist of his era and he was given the name El Maestro, which means the master. He is now thought to be one of the greatest artists of all times. His work is now left to be interpreted and appreciated.


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