Picasso1 Essay

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Pablo Picasso is well known for colorful abstract paintings. His unique talent of creating
a painting that may not look like real life, but has a deeper meaning, has been copied my
many other modern painters. Picasso had many different styles of paintings during his
life. Art historians have separated his life into different periods. The periods include:
The blue period, the rose period, cubism, and late works. The blue and rose periods were
similar, because Picasso used certain colors in his paintings. The blue period was filled
with deep blue paintings that didn’t have the look that Picasso’s later works had. One
work that Picasso did during his blue period was “Self Portrait” (1901). This
self-portrait of Picasso has a dark gloomy quality to it. The deep blues give it a lonely,
and gloomy feeling. Picasso’s use if color helps set a certain mood for the painting.
Picasso’s rose period was filled with red paintings. All of Picasso’s paintings during the
rose period had a similar look and color, however none of his paintings had the
traditional Picasso look we think of today.

Now days when we think Pablo Picasso we think of cubism. Cubism emphasizes the flat,
two-dimensional surface of the picture plane. In cubism you reject the traditional ideas
of perspectives, foreshortening, and modeling. When an artist chooses to paint in the
cubist style he isn’t going for a natural look. Cubist paintings are depicted by
fragmented objects, rather than natural looking objects.

When Pablo Picasso painted he chose subjects that a viewer need to look closely at to find
the meaning. He also chose subjects that would tug at the viewer’s hearts. One such
paining was “Guernica”. The painting “Guernica” was inspired by a town named Guernica that
was bombed by fascists in 1937. Picasso was given the money by the republican government
for the Spanish pavilion at the 1937 worlds fair. The painting that measures 11.5 X 25.5
feet took just over three weeks to complete.

There are many items that make “Guernica” different from Picasso’s other paintings. One
the size of “Guernica” is 11.5 X 25.5 feet. Paintings of this size aren’t too common
especially by Picasso. Another aspect of “Guernica” that sets it aside from other
paintings is its lack of color. The entire mural is done in blacks, whites, and grays.
This is a drastic transition for Picasso. In “Guernica” Picasso doesn’t use a color like
red or blue to create the mood in the painting, in stead Picasso uses the lack of color to
create a gloomy, depressing mood.

“Guernica” is filled with strong images that create a tragic and depressing feeling. There
are six people in the painting. All six of these people have horrible, dying looks on
their faces. When you look into the eyes of these people you see the pain and torture that
they had to deal with during the Spanish Civil War. Lying across the bottom of the image
is a dying bald figure. He lies there dying with an empty look on his face. Picasso points
the eyes on him directly at the viewer. This gives you a connection to this dying man.
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