Cloe asked in Arts & HumanitiesHistory · 8 years ago

Please Help, Pablo Picasso Art Assignment?

I have to do an assignment on the life and times of Pablo Picasso, I am not really keen on his artwork and have so much other homework, so I would just like some information or links to help me with the assignment so I can get the assignment done quickly. Thanks in advance

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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.

    See:

    The Shock of the New by Robert Hughes and

    http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=WEpc5tPgCU8C&pg...

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