Pablo Picasso, born in Spain and also lived in Paris and Spain up to 1904, is considered a mastermind of art through his pioneering in Cubism and unique pieces of art. With over twenty-thousand creations, Pablo Picasso studied in Madrid for a short period of time in 1897, later in Barcelona during 1899. While spending time studying in Barcelona, Pablo Picasso began to affiliate himself with a group of writers and poets.
While being included in this group Picasso, there was a man named Carles Casagemas. Casagemas became a companion of Picasso during his shortened life in Barcelona. Both took a trip to Paris in 1901, and this trip would inspire the artwork created by young Picasso, until his late 90’s and prominently his entire life. Casagemas committed suicide over the fact of a failed relationship in Paris. This event truly gave light to the “Blue Period” of Picasso’s artwork, with each painting trying to find redemption of his companions life, and exposing the issues of human mortality. Pablo Picasso is associated with many movements including Neoclassicism, Surrealism, and Expressionism.
One in particular has such a great significance with Picasso’s most famous artworks, Cubism. Cubism is an art movement of the early 1900’s where instead of using realistic forms of objects and people, there would be geometrical shapes that would form the objects and people in the paintings. This movement can be seen in many of Picasso artwork; for example, “Three Musicians,” perfectly conveys this movement by showing human musicians playing music but drawn in geometrical shapes instead of realistic human figures. Cubism was led by Pablo Picasso and was continued and picked up by many other artist later on, while this movement continued, it rejected the single viewpoint of earlier art and focused on using geometrical shapes to show a scene, message, or even a person.
Picasso was also involved in making major contribution to the surrealism and symbolism. Surrealism can be described as a free-style drawing with irrational drawings with messages conveyed by the artist. For example, Picasso’s painting “Girl Before a Mirror,” it shows a girl in front of a mirror but staring at a whole different image. To the viewer, they can tell that the girl is staring a whole different image compared to what she really looks like; this perfectly shows Surrealism, by using irrational drawings being used to give the message that mirrors lie, and only show what we want to see-whether it be good or bad. Picasso did a beautiful job throughout his career showing the Surrealism art and even using Cubism as well.
Pablo Picasso is very dominate is cubism and giving a three-dimensional view of an object in geometric shapes. Not only does he use cubism, but mixes it well with surrealism. In my project, I used his masterpiece of “The Acrobat,” and saw Pablos uses an almost dream like stance where the acrobat is doing an humanly impossible stance. I traced this artwork, and began to blend in a dark and light background color. This type of surrealism is what Pablo Picasso is great at doing, and was especially dominant in his mature style.