Picasso - Artist Feelings and Experiences Essay

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Question 2. Artmaking Practice-
ARTISTS FEELINGS AND EXPERIENCE

●Artists may work strongly from their own experience, thoughts, feelings and psychological experience which strongly influences their style, originality and their creative expression.
●Pablo Picasso’s style changed as time progressed and also how he experienced new things. This can be seen in his different art periods during his lifetime; Blue Period (1901-1903) - Original Style; restricted his colour scheme to blue; themes of human alienation. Rose Period (1904-1905) - Also referred to as the ‘Circus Period’; colour scheme lightened - featuring warmer,
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To left wailing woman with dead baby (originally on ladder, like bringing Christ down from the cross) behind which stand bull (threatening or protecting woman and child?). Other figures are bird (rising or falling, originally small winged horse/soul) and flower (symbol of regeneration and hope, like 600 year old tree left standing).

The Harlequin:
Picasso’s best known alter ego is the Harlequin, a mysterious character with classical origins who have been associated with the god Mercury and with Alchemy and the Underworld. The Harlequin can be seen numerous times in ‘Guernica’.

From this viewpoint, Harlequin's hat becomes obvious as the figure appears to look upwards at the sky as if in reference to the bombing.

This is another Harlequin, seen by rotating the painting 90 degrees to the left.
The outline of the face and traditional hat and mask make him identifiable. Picasso hid many magical images in his work by incorporating them sideways or upside down. Sometimes, as in this case, he placed other images over the top as camouflage.

This Harlequin is identifiable by his triangular hat and serrated collar. He is constructed from components of Punch and Judy theatre. The hat is peaked with a crocodile's jaw and his square mouth and face when viewed the right way up takes on the form of a traditional puppeteer's theatre. The figure falling across the Harlequin's face which is often

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