A Great Artist

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Influences, Styles, and Periods:
What Picasso Left to the World

Pablo Picasso said, “There is no abstract art. You must always start with something. Afterward you can remove all traces of reality” (“Pablo Picasso Quotes”). This quotation interprets the true essence of abstract painting. What’s more, it reflects that Pablo Picasso did not only think about how to create a painting, but also thought about how to paint with inspiration from life and nature. As an abstractionist, Picasso’s works are not accepted by some artists and critics. However, his originality and skill have been praised for a long time. Money always tells the value of one’s painting. According to Bruno Dillen, one of Picasso’s paintings named Garçon à la Pipe, “depicting a Parisian boy holding a pipe in his left hand,” was bought at the price of $104.1 million at Sotheby’s New York in 2004. More than that, his other two paintings named Dora Maar with Cat and Femme aux Bras Croisés were sold at the prices of $95.2 million and $55 million (“Top 10 Most”). Picasso’s paintings are considered the innovation and mainstay of abstract painting. Why is he so important to the development of abstract painting? Apparently, it is his way of thinking and drawing that make it this. So, he felt that abstract paintings should be tied to reality. It is not enough to know these kinds of information about Picasso. So, let us go deeper and discover Picasso’s specialty, styles, influence on abstract painting, and the different periods of his career.

A Great Artist: Innovative Ideas and Importance in Art History (Description)

Pablo Picasso was a Spanish painter, sculptor, and ceramist, who developed Cubism, one of the most influential modern painting styles. He created thousands of paintings, prints, sculptures, and ceramics during his lifetime. For many people, Picasso is the greatest art genius of the twentieth century. For others, he is a gifted charlatan. Undisputed is the fact that he influenced and dominated the art of the twentieth century like no other modern artist (“Pablo Picasso”). Pablo Picasso thought that abstract painting should be tied to reality too. As he said, “Art is a lie that makes us realize the truth.” His innovative idea challenged the traditional view that abstract painting has no meaning and has no relationship to the reality. Picasso’s work is often categorized into periods. While the names of many of his later periods are debated, the most commonly accepted periods in his work are the Blue period, the Rose period, the African-influenced period, Analytic Cubism, and Synthetic Cubism (“Pablo Picasso”). The most representative idea expressed by Picasso’s work is that the space in his work is done according to the “fourth dimension,” which is a higher dimension of space beyond immediate sensory perception (Claytion). Picasso was really a great artist and he made landmark contributions to the history of art.

Abstract Painting: Nonobjective and Break Through Nontraditional Notion (Definition)

According to “About.com,” “Abstract art is style of painting where color and form (and sometimes the materials and support) make up the subject of the painting rather than it representing tangible objects or people” (“Art Glossary”). An abstract painting is one in which the subject is simplified or reduced to its essential forms, but where the viewer can “interpret” it as having been derived from something “real.” As Wassily Kandinsky, a famous artist says, “Of all the arts, abstract painting is the most difficult; it demands that you know how to draw well, then you have a heightened sensitivity for composition and for colors, and that you become a true poet. This last is essential” (qtd. in “Abstract Art”).

In Western art history, the break from the notion that a painting had to represent something happened in the early 20th century (Marion Boddy-Evans). Impressionism, Fauvism, Cubism, and other art...
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