Friday, 4 December 2009

Pablo Picasso: Spanish painter

Pablo Picasso: Cubism

Pablo Picasso was born in Malaga on the 25th of October, 1881. Malaga is a town in Andalusia, in the south of Spain and it is known as the capital of the Costa del Sol.
His father was also a painter and he painted mostly pigeons and still-lifes. Picasso was a brilliant student although he didn't like school. Picasso's work is divided into different periods. During the blue period his paintings were dominated by a blue palette signifying misery and despair and he painted beggars, blind people, himself, poor friends. The rose period shows a more cheery style where he used pink, orange and beige colours and during which he painted mainly circus people: clown, harlequins, saltimbanques...
But Picasso is probably best known by his work in the Cubism style. In cubist artworks, objects are broken up, analyzed and re-assembled in a abstracted form, the artist depicts the subject from a multitude of viewpoints as if the objects had all the faces visible at the same time. Cubist artists were also interested in the simplification of natural forms into geometric forms specially cylinders, spheres and cones.

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Tuesday, 10 November 2009

Pablo Picasso

Pablo Picasso was born in Malaga, Spain in 1881 and died in France in 1973. His dad was a drawing and painting teacher. Picasso was a brilliant student although he didn't like school.
Picasso's work is divided into different periods. The most important one is The Cubism. He worked with Georges Braque and they experimented with breaking the visual world into geometrical figures. They also experimented with the idea of creating an image as if it was seen from different angles at the same time.
His most important painting is probably the 'Guernica': it depicts the bombing of the town of Guernica during the Spanish Civil War and it describes through different symbols the absurdity of the war, the suffering it inflicts upon individuals especially innocent civilians. He leaves to everybody's interpreation the meaning of the symbols. The Guernica has become a reminder of the tragedy of war.

Sunday, 8 November 2009

Pablo Picasso

Pablo Picasso was born on October 25, 1881 in Malaga, Spain and died on April 8, 1973 in Mougins, France. He was the son of an art and drawing teacher and a brilliant student.
He worked on different fields: painting, drawing, sculpture, printmaking and ceramics.
Picasso's art is classified into periods:
Blue period (1901-1904)
This period consists of somber paintings in shades of blue and blue-green. Many paintings of gaunt mothers with children belong to this period. Blindness is also a recurrent theme of this period.
Rose period (1904-1906)
This period is characterized by a more cheery style with orange and pink colours, and featuring many circus people, acrobats and harlequins.
Cubism (1909-1912)
This is a style that Picasso developed along George Braque using monochrome brownish and neutral colors. Both artists took apart objects and 'analyzed' them in terms of their shapes.
Classicism and Surrealism
During the 1930s the minotaur replaced the harlequin as the motif of his work. Arguably Picasso's most famous work is his depiction of the bombing of the town of Guernica during the Spanish Civil War. This large canvas embodies for many the inhumanity, brutality and hopelessness of war. The public who look at the symbols must interpret them as they understand them. The Guernica is now exhibited at the Reina Sofia Museum in Madrid.

Saturday, 17 October 2009


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Born:January 15, 1869, Kraków, Poland
Died:November 28, 1907, Kraków, Poland
Stanisław Wyspiański was a Polish playwright, painter and poet, as well as interior and furniture designer.
Wyspiański’s artistic output is very eclectic, drawings, sketch-books, oil-paintings, pastel drawings, portraits and self-portraits, designs of stained glass windows and paintings, illustrations, graphic art, plans of furniture and interiors, development of Wawel.
Drawings, such as 1890 self-portrait and drafts from his journeys across Europe and Poland, are among Wyspiański’s well-known works. He also created a herbarium by drawing plants. He was, however, most frequently using the technique of pastel; his first pastel drawings were produced between 1890 and 1894. They mainly present the artist’s family, friends and other artists. Wyspiański eagerly drew his children in everyday situations.