I’ve read several books on the life and works of Pablo Picasso. I love a lot of his art. I love his unquenchable thirst to create. I love his quote, “Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.” He also said, “Every child is an artist. The trick is to remain an artist as you age.” Apparently, as a human being, he wasn’t the nicest guy (to wives, family, mistresses…), but I don’t have to worry about that, he wasn’t in my bed. Incidentally, he once said to a mistress, “Women are merely machines for suffering.” Maybe he was into D/s…
Yesterday I talked a bit about perspective. Picasso revolutionized the concept of perspective, with Cubism with fellow-artist Braque, and with paintings like the one above. He is painting the woman, his young mistress, from several points of view at once. This is the essence of what I was getting at!
Compare this photo of a woman showing full frontal nudity with the painting shown above. See what the artist brings to it with his perspective?
Picasso also includes a bust on a pedestal in his painting. It’s a still-life with the human form, a comment on the nature of beauty.
He takes the expression of perspective all the further here, painting this redhead from the front and the back simultaneously.
His most famous work is probably “Guernica” a comment on the horrors of war.