After the World War 1, neoclassical style of artwork was seen by Picasso. The paintings done by Picasso in this period were akin to the work done of Ingres and Raphael. It was in the 1930s when harlequin was substituted with minotaur. His utilization of minotaur was partially due to his connection with surrealists, who even now and then made use of it as their representation.
During the Spanish Civil War-Guernica the German bombing of Guernica was illustrated by Picasso and also was his most re-known work. In the New York's museum of Modern Art for quite a few years Guernica was put on display. In 1981, the painting had been sent back to Spain and in the Cason del Buen Retiro was exhibited. When the Madrid's Reina Sofia Museum was opened in 1992 the painting was moved to this museum to be seen.
In mid-1949 Picasso exhibited at the Philadelphia Museum of Art for the 3rd Sculpture International being one out of the other 250 sculptors who demonstrated their work. A year later, Picasso yet again had a change in his style of work. This time around he began to create reinterpretations of the great masters art; namely his painting Las Meninas. For Chicago, Picasso was asked to create a Marquette for a humungous public sculpture of 50 feet. That piece of art is named as Chicago Picasso and was revealed in 1967. He started off this project with a lot of enthusiasm and finished with a piece of art that is worth seeing as it is considered to be a landmark placed in downtown Chicago. For this piece of art, Picasso didn't take the $100,000 and rather donated it to the city's people.
The last works of Picasso demonstrated a blend of styles, during this phase he completely designated all his energy to the work he was finishing up. During his last pieces his work is seen to be more expressive and vibrant with lots of colors being used.
All through his life Picasso has produced outstanding and marvelous pieces of work which count to about 50,000. Out of these thousands of pieces were prints, 1,885 were paintings, 2880 ceramics, 1228 sculptures, round about 12,000 drawings and lots of rugs as well as tapestries. At his last stages of life a number of paintings done by him were kept under his ownership and he did not ever exhibit them neither had any intentions of selling it and making money out of it. Also, Picasso was a fan of quite a few other artists and had a number of artwork done by them in his possession.
Apart from creating a number of anti-war paintings he himself stayed pretty neutral all through World War I. but, during World War II he had aged and was going through his late fifties.Picasso had a lot of interest in politics and in the year 1944 became part of the French Communist Part. Also, in 1950 the Soviet government presented him with the Stalin Peace Prize. Picasso lived in France, as a Spanish citizen and could not take part in the World Wars against Germans. However, during the Spanish Civil War he performed services voluntarily. Picasso was a man of his own opinions; he didn't care how others would get affected by his decisions. After he joined Communist party one of his friends who happened to be the surrealist poet; Andre Breton was upset and didn't even want to shake hands with his old mate. Picasso was the achiever of Lenin Peace Prize, when he won in the year 1962.
Some of the most famous works of the artists include Les Demoiselles d'Avignon and Guernica. Guernica was quite the scandalous and popular piece as it went on to depict the bombing of Guernica done by the Germans in the Spanish Civil War. When Picasso was painting the Guernica, he was reported to have strong sentiments about the Spanish freedom. He stated that the struggle is basically the reaction that people have against the freedom. He stated that everyone is in a continuous state of the struggle all the time. (Barr 12) Referring to himself that he himself has also experienced struggle as an artist in his lifetime. In the painting, he basically goes on to express his dislike for the military caste that causes so much damage to Spain.
Picasso has been quite influential in his life time. He was a public figure that the world admired and that the young artists looked up to. Even though he wasn't of the best character to children or women, he still appeared charming to some women. First and foremost Picassocame out as a Symbolist influenced by Edvrd Munch and other rebellious artists. Due to this reason, he went on to make the blue period popular. As mentioned before, this was a rather depressive era as opposed to the rose period that he talked about. Experimenting and going around with his new techniques, Picasso came around the art of cubism. Regarding cubism, Picasso basically designed and sort of alerted the conventions of perspectival space. His innovations had such long-term effects that they have revolutionized art and attitudes concerning art in a big dimension. With the advent of cubism, collage came into being. Collage and its use truly changed the way art was made and is still being made now. In trying out the collage, he basically changed the idea that a picture is a depiction of an image. In other words, collage is more of an amalgamation of different designs and different objects. This arrangement and set of designs therefore set the stage for many different ideas to come. Picasso basically had a very different attitude and truly unique style. One thing that really stood out in his work was dominance. Picasso made sure that is style and his technique overpowered those of other artists. His work was so special and so personal that people could recognize that this is something made by Picasso.
The influence that Picasso had was quite far reaching and profound in his entire life. He was the pioneer of cubism and he set the stage forany further problems, approaches and devices to come. When Picasso was near the end of his career in the 1920s, his works merely revolved around the occupied Paris. He was pretty lucky when it came to Politics. During the Holocaust, Picasso made sure that his work did not go on to be insulted by the Nazis. Even the Nazi's considered his work as the epitome of degenerate art. Many artists and writers were disgraced when they were thought to be linked to either fascism or Nazism. Regardless, Picassowent on to provide support to Joseph Stalin during the cold war against America.
The reason I chose Picasso was because he was not conformed to one single thing. He is a painter and sculptor and is known for more than just his art. This artist has shown talent and confidences since he was a teenager. He is an artist who was not afraid to try out what he wanted and he went with it even though many others were reluctant. When I think about Western Art, Picasso is the first person that comes to my mind. Before the famous artist had even turn 50, he dominated the place and had become more of a prototype than a public figure. Another reason I choose Picasso was because the quantity of audience that he had in his lifetime, no other artist had that. To give a fair estimate, the total amount of people for Velazquez in the 17th century or for Titan in the 16th century, were no more than some thousand people. However, Picasso has captured the hearts and the eyes of millions of people all around Europe. A person that would hear about his work would travel, discuss, analyze or rumor about his work to a bunch of other people. As mentioned before, Picasso wasn't the kind to follow the traditional way of drawing. Possibly because of his unique ideas people went on to adore him and talk about him.
Picasso was the artist that everyartist in the future had some link with. His painting and his sculptures filled the world and went on to embed in different disciplines. All his work was inquire and it built upon the other. He provided the world with creativity, challenge and the desire to be different.