Pablo Picasso's Philosophy On The Human Condition

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Picasso and Philosophy on the Human Condition

Pablo Picasso is known as one of the greatest artists of the 20th century. His body of work spanned over 70 years and to this day has a great impact on modern art. Through his life as an artist, he used his art to depict his philosophy on the human condition in various phases throughout his life. To better comprehend Picasso’s philosophy on the human condition, it should be understood that simply defined, philosophy of the human condition would mean “the study of ideas about knowledge, truth and nature” (mirriam-webster dictionary) involving the positive and negative aspects of human situations such as birth, growth, sex, relationships, death, war, etc. (dictionary.com) Picasso had many different
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Through his work, you can see the sorrow and depression that he felt. It can be argued that Picasso also felt a bit of guilt over his friend’s violent death since he had sent him away, which caused Casagemas to return to Paris alone. Most of his works during this time are monochromatic and depict the poor and destitute. The Frugal Repast, shows a blind man and a woman at a table with an empty plate and a small loaf of bread. Both figures are very thin and look worried. One of my favorite pieces from the blue period is The Old Guitarist which shows an old, very thin man playing a guitar. I imagine him as a street performer playing for tips on a street corner. During his blue period, Picasso was also living in poverty which made him sympathetic to the plight of the less fortunate. As his life began to look brighter, he transitioned into the rose …show more content…
Out of this period came much of the abstract art that Picasso is most noted for. Les Demoiselles d’Avignon is known, not only as his first cubist painting, but also as his first masterpiece. It depicts 5 nude women and at the time was considered lude. The angular figures of the women challenged the ideal of beauty in the human form. Given how abstract many of his paintings became, it can be said that this was only the beginning. In the 1930, he showed his political views in a series of paintings Bull Fight, culminating in one of his most recognized pieces, Guernica. Guernica showed his protest to the Spanish civil war and all the atrocities that war

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