Oil on canvas (1937)
"What would be the best way today to protest against a war? How could you influence the largest number of people? In 1937, Picasso expressed his outrage against war with Guernica, his enormous mural-sized painting displayed to millions of visitors at the Paris World’s Fair. It has since become the twentieth century’s most powerful indictment against war, a painting that still feels intensely relevant today."
"Much of the painting’s emotional power comes from its overwhelming size, approximately eleven feet tall and twenty five feet wide. Guernica is not a painting you observe with spatial detachment; it feels like it wraps around you, immerses you in its larger-than-life figures and action. And although the size and multiple figures reference the long tradition of European history paintings, this painting is different because it challenges rather than accepts the notion of war as heroic." Continued... Picasso, Guernica
Woman with Stroller
"After seeing his lover Françoise Gilot push their son, Claude, in a carriage, Picasso began to construct this sculpture. A master scavenger, he assembled it out of found materials before casting a bronze version. Cake molds, stove plates, a table mat, rolled metal sheets, and pieces of pottery come together in this monument to motherhood."
Mother and Child
Oil on canvas, 1907.
"Motherhood takes an unusual turn in this painting, which followed the completion of the completion of Les Demoiselles d"Avignon. Vivid contrasting colors, stylized faces and coarse brushstrokes seem to defy the warmth and gentleness more commonly used to depict this subject. It is another signal of Picasso's decisive turn toward a strong and often startling visual language."
“Who sees the human face correctly: the photographer, the mirror, or the painter?” ― Pablo Picasso
Weekly Photo Challenge: A Face in the Crowd
Les Demoiselles d’Avignon
Considered one of the most famous works of art from the 20th century. Picasso’s Les Demoiselles d’Avignon marks a radical break from traditional European painting. Within a compressed space, five nude women appear to project from the picture’s surface. Their bodies are composed of flat, fractured planes, while their faces are inspired by Iberian sculpture and African masks. This work signals a revolution in Picasso’s style and established him as the leader of the Parisian avant-garde. Les Demoiselles dAvignon was painted in France and completed in the summer of 1907. A seminal work in the development of Cubism, Picassos eye-catching depiction of five prostitutes in a brothel revolutionized the art world. ◽️
“Two of the most frustrated trades are dentists and photographers- dentists because they want to be doctors, and photographers because they want to be painters.” — Pablo Picasso
Monchrome Madness returns! If you would like to participate in the coming weeks, email your image to email@example.com and include a link to your blog or website if you have one. It doesn’t have to be WordPress blogger, it can be a Facebook page, a Flickr page, etc. Include your name or your blog name. The image size should be low res, so the largest size should be 1000 pixels or less. The deadline for submission is before 6 p.m. on or before Tuesday Melbourne time. The earlier the better for Leanne. If you miss the deadline your posting will be the following week. Complete instructions are on Leanne’s blog should you have any questions or need help.
Monochrome Madness – 2015
“It takes a long time to become young.” — Pablo Picasso