“Spanish expatriate painter, sculptor, printmaker, ceramicist, and stage designer, one of the greatest and most influential artists of the 20th century and the creator (with Georges Braque) of Cubism.” http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/459275/Pablo-Picasso
The photograph was taken by Gjon Mili - “I confronted him [Picasso] with a photograph, taken in darkness but showing a skater’s leap traced with lights attached to the skates. Picasso reacted instantly. Intrigued, he began drawing with his finger in the thin air.” They arranged to meet at a pottery in Vallauris. In the dark, after Mili fired his flash, Picasso sketched a centaur in the air -
Blue period: 1901-1904, blue was the primary color used in his work. Analytic Cubist period: began in 1909; reduced forms to simple geometric shapes; “the Cubists broke from centuries of tradition in their painting by rejecting the single viewpoint. Instead they used an analytical system in which three- dimensional subjects were fragmented and redefined from several different points of view simultaneously.” “The initial phase attempted to show objects as the mind, not the eye, perceives them.” http://www.artmovements.co.uk/cubism.htm Synthetic Cubism: 1913-1920s; “ The Synthetic phase featured works that were composed of fewer and simpler forms, in brighter colours.” It also used collage to combine actual objects within the paintings. http://www.artmovements.co.uk/cubism.htm
“Picasso and Braque worked together closely during the next few years (1909–12)—the only time Picasso ever worked with another painter in this way—and they developed what came to be known as Analytical Cubism. Early Cubist paintings were often misunderstood by critics and viewers because they were thought to be merely geometric art. Yet the painters themselves believed they were presenting a new kind of reality that broke away from Renaissance tradition, especially from the use of perspective and illusion. For example, they showed multiple views of an object on the same canvas to convey more information than could be contained in a single, limited illusionistic view.”BraqueAnalytical Cubism http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/459275/Pablo-Picasso
Pablo Picasso "Tête de Femme" / "Portrait de Jacqueline de face. II" IV. Zustand linolcut 1962 75,3 x 61,8 cm, image 64 x 52,5 cm
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Questions to answer in journal: Do you think Picasso and the cubist painters were painting a “new reality?” Why or why not? Select one of his art works and explain how it represents a “new reality” unlike the traditional, realistic paintings of the Renaissance.
Your Journal Assignment Find a quote that you find inspirational. It could be the Picasso quote from this PPT. It could also be about the creative process. Create a page in your journal to visually represent this quote. Include the quote and the name of the person who said it. You can use photography, paint, graphite, etc. Use the whole page. Consider the size of the text and the placement of it with the other visual elements on the page. The text can be typed or hand written/drawn. Use the art elements and principles effectively to design the page. Look at how Picasso collaged and combined elements together; use his work as a source of inspiration. For extra credit: Take an abstract photo similar to how Paul Strand photographed simple, everyday objects after he was inspired by Cubist paintings. Print it as a postcard and glue in your journal.