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Pablo Picasso And His Art and Thoughts

"There is no abstract art. You must always start with something. Afterward you can remove all traces of reality". These were the words spoken by child prodigy Pablo Picasso - a Spanish painter, sculptor, graphic artist and ceramist who is considered by many to be the 20th century's best art genius. No other artist of the modern period achieved the range of influence which Picasso reached over twentieth century abstract art. Picasso is in all probability best known for the part he played in pioneering and developing Cubism. Picasso entered into marriage twice and was the father of four children, three of which were born outside wedlock.
Born in Malaga, Spain on October 25, 1881, Pablo Picasso was the son of a painter by the name of Don José Ruiz Blasco. His mother's name was Doña Maria Picasso y Lopez. From a young age Picasso showed an exceptional talent for drawing. His father, realizing Picasso's outstanding talent handed over his palette and brushes to him and …

Monet Picasso and Pigeons

I know what you are thinking.  What have these in common.  Well, I came across this interesting article.  Tell me what you think.
As an owner of a pigeon I know that my bird knows where everything is, what time it is and what is expected to happen next.  He is the most intelligent bird I have ever had, and I have and have had many.
Pigeons successfully learned to discriminate color slides of paintings by Monet and Picasso. Following this training, they discriminated novel paintings by Monet and Picasso that had never been presented during the discrimination training. Furthermore, they showed generalization from Monet's to Cezanne's and Renoir's paintings or from Picasso's to Braque's and Matisse's paintings. These results suggest that pigeons' behavior can be controlled by complex visual stimuli in ways that suggest categorization. Upside-down images of Monet's paintings disrupted the discrimination, whereas inverted images of Picasso's did not. This …

Edouard Manet

Edouard Manet was a true impressionist whose career came around just as this group of artists was starting to build a movement which was to become so influential on all that followed and that is one of the reasons for why Edouard Manet is so much loved been today.

This article looks at Manet's Olympia, which remains his most famous painting and that remains on display in France where it has been ever since the artist's death. There was a long list of other significant paintings which we also can draw on here with this artist being someone who would never stick to the same content again and again and would always strive for more.

French art was at it's peak during the mid to late 19th century and Impressionism was very much at the front of that. Manet was joined in this group by the likes of Claude Monet, Edgar Degas and many others.

Olympia features a lady lying in her bed whilst a slave looks on and there are clear similarities in this painting with others that had gone befo…