Thursday, 26 September 2013

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 swore to never again paint as long as he lived. In 1895 Picasso's family moved to Barcelona. Picasso - aged 14 - took only one day to pass the entrance examination for the higher class at the Barcelona School of Fine Arts.
Picasso had his first exhibition in 1900 in Barcelona. That same year, he went to Paris - where he settled in 1904 - and his creativity flourished. The period from 1900 to 1904 was known as his 'Blue Period'. This period of Picasso's art is characterized by the utilization of different blue shades. These shades underlined the miserable lives of his subjects; he portrayed beggars, prostitutes and alcoholics. The suicide of Carlos Casagemas, Picasso's friend; and Picasso's trip to Spain were the stimuli for his Blue Period. His abstract art works during this period included a portrait of Cassagemas after his death, The Frugal Repast (1904) and Portrait of Soler.

The years 1905 and 1906 saw Picasso shifting from the dark Blue Period to a cheery Rose Period, featuring pink and orange colours and with circus-associated subjects. Most of Picasso's abstract art paintings during the Rose Period were influenced by the affectionate relationship he had with Fernande Olivier. Following numerous variations and studies, Picasso came out with 'Les demoiselles d'Avignon', - his first Cubist work in 1907. African artefacts were the inspiration for this painting which critics considered to be only a copy of African ethnic art. In the following years Picasso along with his new artist friend Georges Braque explored the prospects of Cubism.
Picasso's abstract art phase from 1908 to 1911 was an Analytic Cubism phase. He and Braque created landscape Cubist paintings using neutral colours and monochromatic browns. The Analytic Cubism phase was followed by the Synthetic Cubism phase which lasted up to 1919. Picasso produced his most celebrated art work 'Guernica' during his surrealist and neoclassical phase. For many, this large work done while the Spanish Civil War was in progress; was a depiction of the inhumanity, despair and violence of war.
Picasso was one of the participants in a sculpture exhibition held in 1949, at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. His final works incorporated a variety of styles and were more expressive and colourful. Pablo Picasso passed away, aged 91, on the 8th of April, 1973 in Mougins, France.

I hope you enjoyed reading about this Master. I am sure the magnificence of his art lives on for many of us.

Have a Happy Weekend :)

Thursday, 19 September 2013

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 result may indicate that the pigeons' behavior was controlled by objects depicted in impressionists' paintings but was not controlled by objects in cubists' paintings.

Owning a pigeon, I happen to believe this is true.  But am curious as to what others think.

Here is the original link where I took a small excerpt.  You may like to read more!

Happy Weekend To All! :)

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Wednesday, 11 September 2013

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 before which possibly suggest that this artist was recreating a historical work but with his own style added in.

Fans of Edouard Manet should really check out the other impressionists if they have not already done so as there is more of the same to be seen there, in terms of quality and style used by he likes of Degas and Monet.

Reproduction copies of Manet paintings are now also particularly common and Olympia is just one of the most frequent choices for his fans who want to add selections of his art to the walls of their own homes. We would advise you to research all of the different options online as there are huge varieties of services out there with more and more art companies appearing online all the time.

Impressionism in general contains some of the most reproduced paintings in art history and Manet is just one of the highly celebrated artists to be found here, alongside the likes of Degas and Monet. With the increasing numbers of reproduction companies now online you should be able to get highly competitive deals on things like prints, posters and stretched canvases. The best way to find suitable quality for your needs is to study the reviews and perhaps find out if anyone that you know has tried them previously themselves.

You can find Manet paintings discussed at

There is also more on Manet Olympia at including a gallery of this and other of the artist's most famous paintings.

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