Pablo Picasso (1881-1973)

From Cubism to Guernica

 Brick Factory in Tortosa_1909 is a quiet moment during a revolution. Picasso, together with Braque, is moving rapidly towards the style that is already being nicknamed “cubism”. The word denotes a way of seeing already manifest in Picasso’s brick factory: the systematic transformation of surfaces into planes of colour, their jarring arrangement in rough geometries, the harshness of palette. You can see here, very clearly, how much Picasso and Braque owed to their discovery of Cézanne’s landscapes.

One of the most influential artists of the 20th century. Pablo Picasso was born in Malaga on 25 October 1881. He grew up in Barcelona, showing artistic talent at an early age. In 1899 he started to introduce himself into the cultural circles of the city, such as “Els Quatre Gats” (The Four Cats), where he celebrated his first individual exhibition in February 1900. He moved between France and Spain before finally settling in Paris in 1904. There he experimented with a number of styles and produced his own original ones, reflected in his ‘Blue’ and ‘Rose’ periods.

Picasso painted Guernica_1937 as a protest against the fascist bombing of the Basque town during the Spanish civil war. In Guernica, he devotes his visionary power to making you feel the suffering of war’s victims. You are there in the fire and the chaos. Picasso makes us see the full beauty, and the full terror, of life.

Unlike many artists, Picasso remained in Paris during the German occupation. From 1946 to his death he lived mainly in the south of France. He continued to produce a huge variety of work including paintings, sculptures, etchings and ceramics.

Les Demoiselles d’Avignon_1907

Three Musicians_1921

Nude, Green Leaves and Bust_1932

Guernica_1937

Mediterranean Landscape, 1953

Women of Algiers_1955

Self-Portrait_1907

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10 respuestas a Pablo Picasso (1881-1973)

  1. Carmen dijo:

    Nude, green leaves and bust, I’m in awe. Great selection of paintings!😘

    • feseto dijo:

      “It took me four years to paint like Raphael, but a lifetime to paint like a child”. Picasso was an innovator, always looking for fresh ways to record the world.

  2. rexval dijo:

    Picasso I like very much, but I do not know why I prefer Dalí.

    I guess it’s because I prefer Surrealism to Cubism.

  3. Knight Rider dijo:

    DEATH holds no fear for me,” Picasso recently told a friend. “It has a kind of beauty. What I am afraid of is falling ill and not being able to work. That’s lost time.” Right up to the end, Picasso lost no time….

    Time Magazine April 23, 1973

    Picasso’s Last Words by Paul McCartney

    The grand old painter died last night
    His paintings on the wall
    Before he went, he bade us well
    And said goodnight to us all
    Drink to me, drink to my health
    You know I can’t drink any more
    Drink to me, drink to my health
    You know I can’t drink any more
    3 o’clock in the morning
    I’m getting ready for bed
    It came without a warning
    But I’ll be waiting for you, baby, I’ll be waiting for you there

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