Saturday, January 29, 2005

Before Cubism

Portrait Olga dans un Fauteuil by Pablo Picasso, Picasso Museum

Olga in an armchair. This early portrait is of his first wife Olga whom he married in 1918 and separated from in 1927, but never divorced. She was active in society and Picasso had disdain for that lifestyle.


nkb-vp-ltl said...

ahh..why would you call this "before cubism" when this took place after both analytic and synthetic cubism when he moves back to spain and returns to classicism?

Martha said...

Because he returned to a style he used before he and Braque developed their cubist interpretations.

Robert said...

Just for a second, forget the history, forget the "clever dick art" and consider what is before you. A well executed painting in oil? "Believable" as an image, it is recognisable as an individual or a good portrait; it proves skill in observation and ability to master the ability to produce "what he, the Artist intended, not left to chance”. He could paint. At least from this one can say he had ability. His real gift of course was that he sold it all!
Everyone lives by selling something. Robert Louis Stevenson

Byron Fountaine said...

Hey, I love Picasso, he was never afraid to step beyond the expectations of his prevailing period. Can we really be surprised? Picasso was one of the most prolific artists of the last century. During his 78 year career he produced 13,500 paintings, 100,000 prints and engravings, 34,000 illustrations and 300 sculptures - constituting a total of 147,800 works of art! At the end of the day both quantity and diversity were the predominant features of his career. Cheers

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