Essay about Picasso and Cubism

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Along with George Braque, Picasso was responsible for the invention of cubism. Cubism is one of the most radical restructuring of the way that a work of art constructs its meaning. Cubism is a term that was derived from a reference made to geometric schemes and cubes. Cubism has been known as the first and the most influential of all movements in twentieth century art . Before Picasso did any cubism paintings, there were works exibititing a raw intensity and violence due to his reading of non western art aligned with European primitivism. This contrasting position provided the dynamic for Picasso’s work. In his paintings such as Mother and Child, Picasso showed the fetishistic and simplifying aspects of primitivism. In his paintings …show more content…
By the end of 1901 Picasso had developed a primary blue pallet. From 1901 until 1904 this time was known as the Blue Period during which his imagery focused on outcasts, beggars, and prostitutes. The paintings of the prostitutes were based on observations he made at the prison of St Lazare. He also produced his first sculpture which was a modeled figure called, seated woman. An important work that he did of this period was a painting called LaVie which was a complex symbolist work that evolved through numerous sketches. October 1904 marked the end of the blue period where Picasso put on an exhibition of twelve works from the past three years. By late 1904 Picasso’s color schemes and subject matter of his paintings began to become brighter. His paintings began to be dominated by pink and flesh tints. This was known as the Rose period. Picasso may have had an interest in images of saltimbanques, harlequins, and clowns .This interest may have been liked to frequent visits to the Cirque Medrano. In the autumn of 1905 in the town of Schoorl he produced works that were developed in gravity and opacity and he began to introduce weightier figures. The work of Cezanne and Henri Rousseau each played an important part in the evolution of Picasso’s art . In the late 1930’s Picasso became involved with two women named Marie- Therse Walker and Dora Marr. He continued his involment with Dora Marr even after he met a young painter by the name

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