Art is a lie that helps us to realize the truth.
This was a famous quotation said by an also famous painter of the 19th century. He is no other than Pablo Picasso.
Pablo Picasso was the son of Jose Ruiz Blasco and Maria Picasso in the city of Malaga in Spain. His father, a painter and a teacher in the Da Guarda art school situated in La Coruna, taught him how to paint at the age of ten. Pablo was later accepted in the La Lonja Academy after having shown talent, which was a year after his father started working there.
It was Toulouse Lautrec’s artwork that drove him to go to France. It was Lautrec’s works plus the ever presence of street ladies that inspired him to paint his first famous work, the Les Demoiselles d’Avigno. He later on pursued painting the poor, the unfortunate and the street children.
He was known to be a womanizer, proclaiming that he “has no friends, only lovers”. This painter has very violent temper. Pablo is an eccentric deemed to be misunderstood.
He began the Cubist movement with his fellow painters. The Cubist approach in painting is depicting a single image from various angles or points of view. Hence, he was able to produce La Guernica, one of his famous paintings. La Guernica is a response to the terror and fear that war brings. This is the painting that contains hidden images. These images include the Minotaur which is a mythological creature, and a Devil’s head.
Pablo Picasso also made metal structures, still employing the concept of Cubism. He created set designs for Igor Stravinsky and Jean Cocteau. He made costumes Eric Satie’s premier performances. He was also a playwright himself.
Picasso died on the 8th of April of the year 1973, at an old age of 92.
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