January 31, 2007

'A Most Ingenious Paradox!'

fa-so-la-la

Haha! I've caught Picasso in a rather interesting worldview anomaly! Not exactly a life goal of mine to be sure, but still, pleasing, in a quiet way.

So you can all picture Your Typical Picasso, right? Here's one for you...



Ok, so with that in mind, look at these two portraits, one of his first wife, the other of a later mistress:



Beautiful, aren't they? Looks like the old blighter couldn't quite keep up all that fragmentation etc. when his heart was in it. Rathah revealing, don't you know.

15 comments:

Dani said...

interesting. hmmm...

HHomeboy said...

really nice.

rachel tsunami said...

an interesting and little known fact? about the artist:

We have read documentation on this. Picasso believed that because he was already famous, french darling of the art world, the public would accept as art anything he offered them---even if it was bad. Post-impressionist Cubism was born because he set out to prove this. It worked. Sure enough, the public couldn't wait to slobber over colorful paintings of women with three breasts (and in the wrong places at that). The man was an artist, but he was also a marketer.

Interesting, no? I really like the rational drawings of his wives.

Peachy-Keen said...

OH! I love the last two...I think very differently of him now...

~e said...

inexplicable fellow, Picassa.

Mommy Dearest said...

The last two are very nice!

Now that you are no longer "old blogger," I was going to tell you that you can add categories without having to republish your posts. If you open the "edit posts" screen, you can put check marks in the boxes and pull down the "label actions" menu at the top to apply the category labels without even opening the posts. It's handy for applying a bunch of categories at the same time.

Becca said...

while the last two are beautifully drawn...there's something about the first one that i like, most likely because it is so different from the last two. i would hang this one in my house. i like to look at art that way.

Becca said...

color, contour, shading...mostly color, i think is what i like best about it.

...and it's weird.

Mother Auma said...

I read a quote from Picasso this morning as I was reading about children and art. The 20th century artists seem to have been all about recreating childlike qualities in their art. And while I appreciate the attempt to infuse "liveliness, power and vitality" into their compositions, it seems to me that a true master artist would be able to combine these traits with precision/accuracy. Wouldn't this be the *melding* of skills and inspiration that results in masterpieces?

Here is the quote:

"Once I drew like Raphael, but it has taken me a whole lifetime to draw like children." --Pablo Picasso

(And I challenge his assertion that he ever drew like Raphael, even when attempting realism. But who am I? Merely a homeschool mom with no art training.)

Donna-Jean said...

That last beautiful one looks hauntingly like the Queen herself :-)

Tim's Mom said...

Mommy Dearest, thank you for the tip! It worked, and I posted your instructions on my own blog.

Forty-One said...

the lady portrayed in the latter most portion of the post appears to be beautiful. I cannot say so much for the other(s).

Tim said...

I thought the middle one was beautiful.

Funny thing, half the time, the last photo doesn't show up when I go to the blog. Weird!

(This is Tim's Mom, but I'm posting from Tim's account)

Forty-One said...

funny for me, half the time, the middle one doesnt show up!

JennyAnyDots said...

Wow!! I had no idea that Picasso could paint like that!
Thanks, fa-so-la-la, for sharing that.