Few artworks elicit the emotion and awe as those associated with Picasso paintings. Born in Spain on October 25, 1881, this artist has left a definite impression on artwork today. Throughout the 19 years of his life, the artist brought the world such popular masterpieces as The Weeping Woman, Guernica, and Les Demoiselles d’Avignon. These masterpieces are why this particular artist is considered the co-founder of the popular and intriguing Cubist movement.
The popularized Picasso paintings were often inspired by his personal origins. With a father who was a painter, he started an apprenticeship at the tender age of 9. Early depictions of family included a sister, Rosa. At only 14 years old, he created the beautiful The First Communion and Portrait of Aunt Pepa. In fact, it is still considered one of the best masterpieces in all of Spanish history.
The Blue Period was a three year stint between 1901 and 1904, in which the artist turned to working with blue-greens and blues, depicting a more somber reality and outlook on life onto his figurative canvas art. These masterpieces often tend to depict people with a gaunt appearance, including such models as beggars and prostitutes. The Blue Period is properly named, simply because of the mood behind each of the pieces created. Early adulthood was a moody time for the artist, and as such, each piece of art is representative of his emotions.
By 1904, Picasso paintings had taken on a less somber mood with a change in colors. The Rose Period of the artist’s life took up a two year period, highlighting his experimentation with pinks and oranges. Many experts claim the change in mood came from a model named Fernande Olivier. The relationship changed the mood of the artist, and the warmth of the relationship bled through to many popular pieces in this particular time frame.
The African Period between the years 1906 and 1909 depicts popular culture of the time, as felt through the heart of this artist. Cannibalism was an exaggerated truth, broadcasted by the popular media of the day. The people suffering through the Belgian Congo piqued his interest. African art greatly influenced many of his artworks, and all masterpieces contained an African influence.
Though the artist is perhaps best remembered for the Analytic Cubism art form, true Picasso paintings have always found a start with the earliest work. By the time the African period came along, the artwork was taking on a sharper portrayal of the reality of the time, as seen through the eyes of the artist. Beautiful, analytical, and ever-changing, Picasso paintings take on a life of their own. A look at this artist’s incredible history allows the viewer to recognize a style that grew and changed with the artist’s perception of reality. Growing up on canvas is evident as the timeframe matches up with the life and death of such a masterful artist. Picasso's art changed lives not by screaming the truths of the day, but by quietly whispering each truth with a brush and a canvas.