Pablo Picasso

Pablo Picasso

Language: Spanish

Pages: 199

ISBN: 6076184450

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however, is significant in that it reveals the artist’s desire to find a corporeal type expressing an inner sensibility. In that sense the Hermitage portrait leads to the unquestionable masterpieces of the autumn of 1903, among them Old Jew and a Boy (p. 37). Contact with external reality makes the theme of man’s unhappiness concrete by dramatic images of poverty and physical infirmity: homelessness, hunger, old age, and blindness. Many authors have noted 43 44 that beggars and cripples

a spiralling centrifugal vortex bordering on abstraction. Yet even this highly stylised image seemingly implied its own subject, its drama. This becomes apparent after re-establishing certain links. As was noted earlier, at the beginning of 1908 Apollinaire revolutionized his creative outlook under Picasso’s influence. He was inspired by the experience of painting — that is, by Picasso’s experience — as many of his poems and writings on aesthetics during the spring of 1908 testify.71

almost impressionistically through a fairy tale of light and mutually penetrating geometric planes, composed of tiny particles of bright and joyous colours. While not imitating the environment, the artist convincingly transmits the atmosphere of a cosy, sunlit room. The feelings underlying Tavern (The Ham) (p. 125) are quite different. This still life was done like a provincial tavern sign. The oval form freed the artist from such considerations as top and bottom, the need to fill corners, and so

sources and Iberian archaism at a crucial moment of his formation in 1906 and his second trip to Horta ten years later (1909), which marked a new stage in his artistic development: Cubism. After his first stay at Horta de Ebro, a matured and renewed Picasso returned to Barcelona, which he now saw in a new light: as a centre of progressive trends and as a city open to modern ideas. Indeed, Barcelona’s cultural atmosphere was, on the eve of the twentieth century, brimming with optimism. Calls for a

Clarinet and Violin, 1913. 121 Clown with a Young Acrobat, 1905. 48 Composition with a Skull, 1907. 71 Composition with a Skull, sketch, 1907. 70 Composition: Bowl of Fruit and Sliced Pear, 1914. Compotier, Fruit and Glass, 1909. Crying Woman, 1937. 122 99 132 Portrait of the Artist’s Father, 1896. Portrait of the Poet Sabartés (Glass of Beer), 1901. Portrait of Therèse Walter, 1937. 34 7 24 127 Portrait of the Artist’s Mother, 1896. 10 Poverty-Stricken Woman, 1902. 27 Prostitutes

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