An artist is a person engaged in one or more of any of a broad spectrum of activities related to creating art, such as a painter or sculptor. Artists practice one or more of a broad spectrum of arts, such as music, literature, and performance art, and often dedicate their careers to being artists, just like this most influential artist, Picasso.
Who is Pablo Picasso?
Pablo Picasso, a 20th-century influential artist born in 1881. He began his career in Barcelona but moved to Paris in 1900, where he befriended other artists like Henri Matisse. His work was reproduced in newspapers and magazines all over the world, and he was involved in many art movements, including Cubism and Constructivism. Although he was involved in all kinds of art, including drawing, sculpture, and ceramics, he is most famous for his paintings and drawings. He is called, by some, the father of modern art. He is also thought to have played a huge role in the development of Cubism.
Pablo Picasso was born near the turn of the century when the world was about to change. His birthplace of Malaga, Spain, was a vibrant cultural center and a stronghold for cosmopolitanism. But all that would change in the coming decades, as the Spanish Civil War broke out, and the ensuing years of political unrest resulted in the death of the artist’s father and his mother’s mental illness. Ironically, these tragic events would serve as the impetus for the artist’s greatest work and his greatest fame.
His work explored concepts such as the grotesque, personal symbolism, and imagination. Here are some of his famous paintings:
The Old Guitarist – is a 1903 oil painting by Pablo Picasso, one of the best-known works in the history of Western art. The painting depicts an aging man with a guitar, who is half-turned away from the viewer and looking down over his left shoulder. It is currently part of the permanent collection at the Art Institute of Chicago. While The Old Guitarist is widely known as a masterpiece today, the painting received a lukewarm response when it was first unveiled in 1904. When critics asked Picasso how he would respond to the painting and its rejection, he said that they were fools and would ask what they knew about painting.
Garçon à la Pipe (Boy with a Pipe) – this is one of his early works and shows a young man who appears to be holding a pipe of some kind, but it is not clear what the exact subject matter is because the work is so abstract. When he painted it in 1905, the artist was already a rising star, but he was not yet the household name he would become. Yet, with this deceptively simple portrait, Picasso showed a grasp of artistic technique that would influence countless artists in the generations to come. The composition draws the viewer’s eye to the right, where the young boy’s face is positioned in the middle of the canvas. Picasso has made his subject look at the viewer, creating a connection that helps the viewer understand the child’s thoughts and feelings.
Still Life with Chair Caning – was painted at the end of 1933, during one of the artist’s most productive periods. It exhibits Picasso’s typical fascination with the everyday objects that surround him. These objects are arranged in a clear, flat space, and the artist has played with their spatial relationship and volume by giving the objects an unexpected three-dimensional twist.
Picasso and Cubism
One of the most important artists of the early 20th century was Pablo Picasso who co-founded the Cubist movement. He also helped developed and explored various styles. He is known for co-founding the art movement Cubism with Georges Braque. However, this period of Cubism is the most popular period of his work, and some of his paintings from this period are very valuable.
But during that time, Picasso was not only painting but also doing sculptures. He started with having a job in an art gallery, but then he realized he could do it on his own. So, we then had his art gallery with his paintings and sculptures. His contributions represented a significant change from prior painting styles and have been considered revolutionary and influential to artists to this day.