Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Pablo Ruiz Picasso and American Art

The Walker Arts Center has done it again; where The Whitney Museum of American Art has organized a fabulous showcase of art and artist representing an era of Picasso. This display exhibits an star cast of artist such as Jackson Pollock, Louise Bourgeois, Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Jasper Johns and some other incredible cast members. There are over 30 pieces created by Pablo. This show exemplified the formation of art in the last century and how Picasso shaped the minds of culture, art and people.

This artist was born one year after I was born. He was and stilll is know as the father of Braque painting, and was the most in stle and fad of a people before pop-art and the evolution of the culture of the masses. Does this tell you abot Pablo? Well lets dig a bit into who he was and what this means to us a people today.

Pablo Ruiz Picasso (October 25, 1881 – April 8, 1973) was a Spanish painter and sculptor. His full name was Pablo Diego José Francisco de Paula Juan Nepomuceno María de los Remedios Cipriano de la Santísima Trinidad Clito Ruiz y Picasso.
One of the most recognized figures in 20th century art, he is best known as the
co-founder, along with Georges Braque, of cubism.

Pablo Picasso was born in Málaga, Spain, the first child of José Ruiz y Blasco and María Picasso y López. He was believed to be a stillborn baby. However his uncle, Salvador Quiz Blasco a well known doctor, revived the baby by blowing cigar smoke into lifeless Pablo's lungs, Wow! and they say smoking will kill you? How about reviving a whole generation of visiually stagnated folks? He was christened with the names Pablo, Diego, José, Francisco de Paula, Juan Nepomuceno, Maria de los Remedios, and Cipriano de la Santísima Trinidad.

Picasso's father was a painter whose specialty was the naturalistic depiction of birds and who for most of his life was also a professor of art at the School of Crafts and a curator of a local museum. The young Picasso showed a passion and a skill for drawing from an early age; according to his mother, his first word was "piz," a shortening of lápiz, the Spanish word for pencil.It was from his father that Picasso had his first formal academic art training, such as figure drawing and painting in oil. Although Picasso attended art schools throughout his childhood, often those where his father taught, he never finished his college-level course of study at the Academy of Arts (Academia de San Fernando) in Madrid, leaving after less than a year.

As I did some research on Picasso I found him to be a Pacifist. You know a person that is indifferent when it comes to war, peace bound but, against taking a liberal stance in the way that would post him up as for or against a thing. Pablo's stance allows him to be acepted by diverse communities internationally. It's kind of genious, who doesnt enjoy images that are not politically charged?

As a child I could hardly appreciate Picasso, but as a trained artist and 35 year old man I'm enamored with the likes of his labor. Please read his bio it quite interesting.

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