Picasso Paintings are like pages from his diary. As he Picasso said “Painting is another way of keeping a diary.”
Pablo Picasso as a painter had the innocence and the ability to interpret the most complex images in his own language. He said – “ There are painters who transform the sun into a yellow spot, but there are others who, thanks to their art and intelligence, transform a yellow spot into the sun.”
Pablo Ruiz Picasso was the first child of José Ruiz y Blasco and María Picasso y López. His full name is Pablo Diego José Santiago Francisco de Paula Juan Nepomuceno Crispín Crispiniano de los Remedios Cipriano de la Santísima Trinidad Ruiz Picasso(phew). He was born in Málaga, Spain.
Picasso's father, José Ruiz Blasco, was a painter too and specialized in naturalistic depiction of birds. From a very young age,Picasso was exposed to the world of art and showed a great propensity for painting
Picasso and his close friend Gorges Braque are credited as the main innovators of the movement called Cubism.
Cubism was an avant-garde art movement of the early 20th century that revolutionized European painting and sculpture, and inspired similar movements in music and literature.
In cubist artworks, objects are broken up, analyzed, and re-assembled in an abstracted form -instead of depicting objects from one viewpoint, the artist depicts the subject from a multitude of viewpoints to present the piece in a greater context. Often the surfaces intersect at what seems like random angles presenting no coherent sense of depth.
Picasso was a prolific artist - around 13,500 paintings, even more drawings than that, 2,500 original prints, 1,000 different ceramics, and 700 sculptures in other media.His works are often categorized in periods and each period is different in style and themes that the other.
The Early Picasso Paintings
The Blue and the Rose periods are the most significant periods of his early career. The blue period comprised sombre blue-tinted paintings and social outcasts such as prostitutes and clowns were pepicted in this period, while the Rose Period was charcterized by a more cheery carefree style. Pink and orange were the recurrent colors. Harlequins were repeatedly featured.
The Old Guitarist (1903) – Picasso Painting
This painting was painted right after the death of a close friend. A perfect example of the Blue period, it is sombre in mood and is overwhelmingly “blue”. I depicts a blind man in tatters,with a guitar in his hands.
Garçon à la Pipe (Boy with a Pipe) 1905 – Picasso Painting
This Oil Painting depicts a young boy with a pipe in his left hand. Its is a part of what has been classified as the Rose period. The colors are bright, warm and cheery, and the paintings have a carefree bohemian air about them . This painting was sold for a staggering $104.1 Million dollars in 2004.
The Later Picasso Paintings
Picasso collaboration with fellow Cubist Painter Georges Braques produced many brilliant abstract works. This phase was charcterized by cubism.
Guernica (1937) – Picasso Painting
It is probably his most popular work. This painting was a condemnation of Nazi Germany's bombing of Guernica,Spain. This aerial bombing killed an estimated 1600 people. It is a huge Oil Painting, and presents a scene of death,violence and brutality.
Dora Maar au Chat ( Dora Maar with Cat) 1941 – Picasso Painting
This potrait of his mistress with a small cat perched on her shoulder is a specimen his cubist style. Contrasting colors are used to aachieve outstanding special effects. No wonder that today its one of the worlds most expensive paintings.
Picasoo was one of those artists who let their paintings do the talking. As he said – “ I don't say everything, but I paint everything.”