Pablo Picasso is not a name. It is an inspiration. The name has transcended from just being a man to transcending eternity and living up every time the art of painting is recalled. There arise no second thoughts, whenever it is stated that Picasso was the greatest painter of all times.
Born on 25 October 1881, Málaga, Spain. Picasso was a child prodigy, creating artworks and paintings since childhood and adolescence. Pablo’s father, Ruiz Picasso was also a painter and professor in art school. It is said that Picasso’s first words were “piz” (short for Lapiz meaning pencil in Spanish).
Picasso was deeply moved by the death of his sister at the timid age of seven, due to diphtheria which impacted his conscience and paved the way for strengthening his bonding with art. The family moved to Barcelona, where Picasso was admitted in the School of Fine Arts at the mere age of thirteen. At the age of Sixteen, he was sent to Madrid to learn painting. However, he did not find much interest in it and was rarely disciplined about attending the art school.
Style of Painting: Picasso was very versatile when it came to various forms of art ranging from ceramics, sculptures, paintings, drawings to even poems, rugs and tapestries. Out of the gigantic collection that he made in a lifetime, the most famous are his paintings. The styles also varied from geometrical and very new forms like Analytic cubism, cubism, surrealism, neoclassicism, modernism to subtle art form styles like Pro- impressionism, Pointillism, Realism and Naive art.
Cubism was established by Picasso. It is a form of open perception where anything is not bound by shape or dimension and can be viewed in anyway. This reflected in his works significantly. Picasso’s art had various periods like the Cubism in early life, Surrealism, then came the Blue period when Picasso painted majorly in the hues of blue and green, Rose period similarly is said when Picasso painted with pink and orange colour palatte. Later came the African Period and Modern art came into play.
Famous artworks: FAMILY OF SALTIMBANQUES Coming from the Rose period, the painting depicts freedom of street artists and their mirth and optimism even in the nomadic life.
GUERNICA Undoubtedly, the most famous and trailblazing painting made by Pablo Picasso is Guernica. This town in nortern Spain, where a clan of people protested against the nationalists were bombarded by Nazi Germany and Italian troops together, leaving the civilians and many protestors meeting a barbaric fate. Pablo Picasso by his painting drew the world’s attention towards the Spanish civil war, the symbols used are powerful and show cubism to a great extent.
LES DEMOISELLES D’AVIGNON Translating literally into ‘Young Ladies of Avignon’, it depicts five nude girls holding the curtains of a brothel with one lady – whose face is depicted by a poignant form of cubism – as deteriorated.
THE WEEPING WOMAN The weeping women is a continuation of a part of Guernica. The latter painting shows a woman weeping in frnt of her dead child. The weeping women continue to cry with ashen blue mouth and grinding teeth and pitiful eyes. The cubism here very beautifully adorns the portraits of many others to fit in the same portrait. The muse for this painting was Dola Maar, the love interest of Picasso at a point of time. She was a fellow painter and photographer.
THE OLD GUITARIST Thus painting very well threads in the grief and sorrow which encircled Picasso during the blue period when he handled his poor dwellings and suicide if his dear friend at the same time. It is an old man holding a guitar, the aura and the man himself in the colours of blue showing the desolation of his life.
Ma Jolie, La Vie, Girl Before A Mirror, Three Musician, Le Reve are some of his other prolific works. Clearly, Picasso lived the life as he quoted “Everything you can imagine is real”. His legacy is an ode to one of the greatest minds and masterpieces. The artist that he was was a form of art in himself.