Essay about Picasso : The Father Of Modern Art And Contemporary Art

797 Words Nov 10th, 2015 4 Pages
Pablo Picasso is known as the father of modern art and his work impacted the development of modern and contemporary art. He produced over 13,500 paintings, 100,000 prints and engravings, 34,000 illustrations, 300 sculptures and ceramics that convey intellectual, political and social messages. His styles consists of realism and abstraction, Cubism, Neoclassicism, Surrealism, and Expressionism. Not only did Picasso master these styles, he was a pioneer in each of these movements and influenced the styles to follow throughout the 20th century. A large scale of his paintings showcased the cry for peace and change during his time. Picasso’s style developed from the Blue Period (1901-04) to the Rose Period (1905). After the death of a friend, Casagemas in February 1901, Picasso was left shocked and portrayed the death of his friend in his art. During this time, Picasso depicted isolation, unhappiness, despair, misery of physical weakness, old age, and poverty by using shades of blue in his art. After settling in Paris in the artist Bateau Lavoir where he lived among poets and writers, Picasso met Fernande Olivier, a model who became his mistress for the next seven years. By 1905, Picasso started to lighten his palette, relieving it with pink and rose, yellow and gray colors. He directed his attention toward more pleasant themes such as carnival performers, harlequins, and clowns. This marked the beginning of Picasso’s prosperity and would never again experience…

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