why is pablo picasso is one of the most important artist?

whta made pablo picasso work unique or changed the direction of art

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  • 9 years ago
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    Picasso was important for three different reasons:

    In art, his re-thinking of the rules of perspective changed the way that artists looked at the world. Picasso saw that although we can only see one side of an object the other sides exist at the same time - so he painted them. He also had fused African tribal art - notably masks - with his art, creating a new visual alphabet.

    But arguably his greatest significance is his response to the first aerial bombing of a civilian population in times of war, the flattening of the city of Guernica in Spain. He painted the extra-ordinary work, Guernica, a huge, mostly grey, black and white, painting full of symbols, metaphor and metaphors for suffering. He removed it from Spain, and refused to let it back into the country until democracy was restored, after the Fascist General Franco had won the civil war in 1939. It finally returned to Spain in 1992.

    The painting is a visual reminder of the horrors of war, fascism, and the suffering of ordinary citizens.

    The third reason is that he made the artist like a rock star, he ushered in the age of celebrity artist. No longer did artists feel like they should be struggling in a shabby garret in Paris, they could socialise with kings, princes and models. They could feel at home in Monte Carlo or in New York high society, and they could advertise products in magazines, on television and in the cinema. Andy Warhol, Damian Hurst and even Banksey have become household names because Picasso realised that the artist themselves can be the art.

    Picasso's influence is enormous - not just because of his works, and some are just sublime - like Weeping Woman or some of his Marie-Therese series - but because of this re-invention of perspective and how an artist views the world, and how the World views the artist.


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  • 9 years ago

    Picasso helped to start the Cubism movement which is perhaps the quintessential modernist artist movement. In cubist artworks, objects are broken up, analyzed, and re-assembled in an abstracted form—instead of depicting objects from one viewpoint, the artist depicts the subject from a multitude of viewpoints to present the piece in a greater context. Often the surfaces intersect at seemingly random angles presenting no coherent sense of depth. The background and object (or figure) planes interpenetrate one another to create the ambiguous shallow space characteristic of cubism. The larger cultural significance of cubism pertains to the disintegration of a unified sense of the world that had pervaded European Christian culture prior to the shock of World War I.

    While Picasso's influence on twentieth century art is unquestionable, the lasting significance of the deconstruction of form and meaning implicit in his art remains in question. Representational art, dating to humankind's prehistory, suggests continuity and the legitimate and coherent place of human beings within the sphere of nature. Critics have remarked that the discontinuity represented by Picasso's art reflected not only the anomie of modern life, but also the artist's own degraded moral sensibility. The breakdown of human solidarity and detachment to past and future expressed in both the artist's life and work may mirror the uncertainties of the age, yet it is questionable whether they point toward an enduring aesthetic in the visual arts.

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  • 9 years ago

    He really experimented with things. He was very original. It makes it better that this was ages ago.

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