WORKS OF PABLO PICASSO
PABLO PICASSO • Picasso was a Spanish painter, draughtsman, and sculptor. • He is one of the most recognized figures in 20 th-century art. • He is best known for co-founding the Cubist movement and for the wide variety of styles embodied in his work. • Among most famous Pablo Picasso paintings are the proto-Cubist Les Demoiselles d'Avignon (1907) and Guernica (1937), his portrayal of the German bombing of Guernica during the Spanish Civil War.
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DEMOISELLES D'AVIGNON (1907)
DEMOISELLES D'AVIGNON (1907) It was called the most innovative painting since the work of Giotto, when Les Demoiselles d'Avignon first appeared it was as if the art world had collapsed. Known form and representation were completely abandon. The reductionism and contortion of space in the painting was incredible, and dislocation of faces explosive. Like any revolution, the shock waves reverberated and the inevitable outcome was Cubism.
GUERNICA (1937) Probably Picasso's most famous work, this is certainly his most powerful political statement, painted as an immediate reaction to the Nazi's devastating casual bombing practice on the Basque town of Guernica during Spanish Civil War. Guernica shows the tragedies of war and the suffering it inflicts upon individuals, particularly innocent civilians This work is seen as an amalgamation of pastoral and epic styles. The discarding of color intensifies the drama, producing a reportage quality as in a photographic record.
BLUE NUDE (1902)
BLUE NUDE (1902) It was created in 1902 at a time when Pablo Picasso was still mourning over a friend’s tragic death. It is one of Picasso’s artworks during his “blue period” and has undoubtedly exemplified the kind of talent that he possessed as it highlights the deepest feelings while using only one color to effectively express it. This painting by Pablo Picasso highlights a nude woman while embracing her knees as if trying to regress back in time in search of security and comfort. Though Pablo Picasso used a single shade in accomplishing this masterpiece, it never failed to express the thoughts that he had at the moment and has effectively connected his message to the people by simply using light and dark shades of blue to fully create the most desired impact.
THE WEEPING WOMAN (1937)
THE WEEPING WOMAN (1937) The Weeping Woman series is regarded as a thematic continuation of the tragedy depicted in Picasso's epic painting Guernica. In focusing on the image of a woman crying, the artist was no longer painting the effects of the Spanish Civil War directly, but rather referring to a singular universal image of suffering. The model in this painting was Dora Maar, Picasso’s mistress from 1936 -1944 In the course of their relationship, Picasso painted her in a number of guises, some realistic, some benign, others tortured or threatening. Picasso explained:
Picasso explained, “For me she's the weeping woman. For years I've painted her in tortured forms, not through sadism, and not with pleasure, either; just obeying a vision that forced itself on me. It was the deep reality, not the superficial one. . . Dora, for me, was always a weeping woman. . And it's important, because women are suffering machines. ”
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WOMAN'S HEAD (1909)
Picasso sculpted Woman's Head (Fernande) out of clay in Paris in the fall of 1909. It was made directly after the artist spent the summer in Horta de Ebro, Spain, where he painted numerous portraits of his companion, Fernande Olivier. Woman's Head (Fernande) shows Picasso working through ideas that would become central to Cubism. The sculpture maintains the basic shape of a head, but its projected and recessed planes break down solid mass into shifting volumes that are suggestive of different points of view.
BABOON AND YOUNG (1951)
Baboon and Young shows Picasso's power of metaphorical transformation at its height. In the original assemblage from which this bronze baboon was cast, her face was formed from two toy carsâ€”one upright, the other turned upside down â€” that Picasso had borrowed from his son Claude, and her tail was an automobile spring. The baboon's ears were made from cup handles, and her round belly was a large jug whose handles form the shape of her shoulders.
THE SHE GOAT (1950)
The goat motif, like the bull, has been deeply embedded in European art since Classical times. Here, Picasso's goat is pregnant and is definitely a representation of his new, rising surge of optimism and love of life, following the war and his relationship with his young mistress, Francoise Gilot. Francoise had just had their second child, Paloma (the Spanish word for 'dove'), named after the Picasso poster, Dove of Peace, which appeared all around Paris in 1949 for the post-war Peace Congress. Thus, ancient themes of ritual, fertility and renewal of life, as in the featured series of plates (also decorated during this period) were regularly explored. The goat image is repeated later in the simple, gold form of Centaur