Pablo Picasso’s Shadow Still Looms Large in 21st Century

“If one occupies oneself with what is full: that is, the object as positive form,
the space around it is reduced to almost nothing. If one occupies oneself primarily
with space that surrounds the object, the object is reduced to almost nothing.
What interest us most–what is outside or what is inside form?”

When you look at Cezanne’s apples, you see that he hasn’t really painted apples, as such.
What he did was paint terribly well the weight of the space on that circular form.
The form itself is only a hollow area with sufficient pressure applied to it by
the space surrounding it to make the apple seem to appear, even though in reality
it does not exist.
It’s the rhythmic thrust of the space on the form that counts.”
—Pablo Picasso

We can begin to understand Picasso’s idea on form when we look closely at a painting of his called,
La Cuisine.
The painting was based on an eatery in Paris called the Rue des Grands-Augustins where he ate most evening meals. The place itself has an empty look; it was in itself a white cube, with only pictures of birds and there were three Spanish plates that stood out from the whiteness on the wall of the place.

One night Pablo Picasso told his young wife, Francoise:

“I’m going to make a canvas out of that.”

Pablo Picasso was born on October 25th 1881, he was a Spanish painter, sculptor, ceramicist, poet and playwright who lived most of his adult life in Paris, France.
Today he is perhaps the most famous and influential artists of the twentieth century; no one would argue he was certainly the most prolific and most versatile artist of the 20th century.

Pablo Picasso constantly revised his styles and approach to painting.
In 1917, for example, he began restoring color to his monochromatic cubist paintings.
In the late 1920’s Picasso became involved in the Surrealist movement; he was intrigued by the concept of metamorphosis, he produced paintings of half-human, half-bestial creatures throughout the 1930’s.
Also during this period of his life he wrote poetry and a Surrealist play called,
Desire Caught by the Tail.

Pablo Picasso’s works includes over 20,000 paintings, prints, drawings, sculptures, ceramics,
theater sets, costumes and plays.

On May 12th 2015 Pablo Picasso’s painting:

“WOMEN OF ALGIERS” set a new world record for the most expensive artwork to ever be sold at auction.
The auction took place at CHRISTIES in New York City and the painting sold for

When Pablo Picasso died in 1973 he did not leave a will, the French government appropriated much of his estate to found the Musee Picasso in Paris France.

Pablo Picasso died on this day, April 8th 1973.

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