"Art is the lie that makes us realize the truth"
Artists on Art 1947
"There is no abstract art. You must always start with something."
Quotations from A Dictionary of Contemporary Quotations
compiled by Jonathon Green
Spanish artist Picasso
was one of the greatest artistic innovators, and founder of Cubism.
His style varies depending on the period he painted, his major
works being "Les Demoiselles d'Avignon", "Three
Musicians", "Girl before a Mirror", "Guernica"
and the Picasso peace dove. Probably one of the most influential
artists of the 20th century. His "blue period" which
described the color and mood of his art when he came to Paris
from Spain in 1900 consists mainly of pictures of beggars and
outcasts, the pathos reflecting his own sense of isolation.
Born October 25 1881 in Malaga, Spain
1895 His Family moves to Barcelona and studies at La Lonja, the Academy of Fine
1900 Holds his first exhibition in Barcelona
1904 Settles in Paris His style develops from the Blue Period (1901-1904) to the
Rose Period (1905) to the pivotal work
Les Demoiselles d'Avignon
(1907) to Cubism
1916 Starts collaboration on ballet and theatrical productions
1925-1930 is involved with the Surrealists, becomes interested in
1936 Spanish Civil War affects him culminating in his painting Guernica.
1944 Begins association with Communist Party, moves to south of France
1973 April 8 he died at Mougins
Visit our page of Art Prints from the Musee Picasso -
This landmark exhibition is the first to focus exclusively on works by
Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881 - 1973) in the Museum's collection. It
features three hundred works, including the Museum's complete holdings
of paintings, drawings, sculptures, and ceramics by Picasso—never before
seen in their entirety—as well as a selection of the artist's prints.
The Museum's collection reflects the full breadth of the artist's
multi-sided genius as it asserted itself over the course of his long and
Notable for its remarkable constellation of early figure paintings, which
include the commanding At the Lapin Agile (1905) and the iconic portrait
of Gertrude Stein (1906), the Museum's collection also stands apart for
its exceptional cache of drawings, which remain relatively little known,
despite their importance and number. The key subjects that variously
sustained Picasso's interest—the pensive harlequins of his Blue and Rose
periods, the faceted figures and tabletop still lifes of his cubist
years, the monumental heads and classicizing bathers of the 1920s, the
raging bulls and dreaming nudes of the 1930s, and the rakish cavaliers
and musketeers of his final years—are amply represented by works ranging
in date from a dashing self-portrait of 1900 (Self-Portrait "Yo") to the
fanciful Standing Nude and Seated Musketeer painted nearly seventy years
The exhibition and the catalogue are made possible by the Iris and B.
Gerald Cantor Foundation.
Producer and Director: Christopher Noey
Camera: Wayne de la Roche, Jessica Glass
Editor: Kate Farrell
Sound Recording: David Raymond
Production Assistant: Stephanie Wuertz
Prints are from ALLPOSTERS
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and see the full range available
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Original oil on canvas
is in the
Museo de Prado Madrid
Guernica is a powerful political statement - a reaction to the Nazi bombing
Guernica. A 26 feet long mural The German Luftwaffe bombed the ancient basque town of Guernica
without warning during the Spanish Civil War and fleeing farmers were
machine gunned from the air. Thousands of civilians were
killed and the city left in flames. Historians believe this
was airplane practice for World War 11.
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- Getting to Know the World's Greatest Artists for ages 4-8
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artists life plus a hand's-on project which lets them become the artist
for a while.
Packs for Picasso, Cezanne, Monet, Degas, Gauguin, Renoir and Van Gogh
and all very reasonably priced. Art Videos and
Pablo Picasso: A Primitive Soul - Biography
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