January 12, 2016

Painting With The Girls 12

January 12, 2016

Day 12 (354 days to go)

Selfie Portrait

5 1/2 X 8 1/2 Postcard watercolor, collage.

Pablo Diego José Francisco de Paula Juan Nepomuceno de los Remedios Crispín Cipriano de la Santísima Trinidad Ruíz y Picasso (1881-1973), of Spain was the most prolific of all professional painters in a career which lasted 75 years. Picasso masteredevery art movement of the twentieth century.

It has been estimated that Picasso produced about 13,500 paintings and designs, 100,000 prints and engravings, 34,000 book illustrations and 300 sculptures and ceramics. His body of work has been valued at USD 800 million.

Picasso’s Les Demoiselles d’Avignon 1907 is considered the painting that started Modernism, Picasso’s La Guernica (1937), thought of as a masterpiece of the century.  In Nancy Frazier’s Art History she writes, “Inspired by the destruction of the Basque town of Guernica by German planes during the Spanish Civil War, the paintings description of war’s obscenity and horror is unique.  The hundred or so studies he made for it, the themes familiar from his earlier work, the symbolism - all contribute to its interest, yet nothing can satisfactorily approach and explanation of its power.”

My favorite Picasso quote is:

“The chief enemy of creativity is good sense.” Pablo Picasso.