These notes are taken from a programme called Tim Marlow on Picasso, should hopefully be good.
Oh dearry me, I really don’t like the opening music.
Over past three decades more exhibitions have been shown that are dedicated to picasso, sometimes the relationship between sculpture and painting, sometimes with his rivalry with Matisse, than any other artist.
Picasso’s first pieces were based on himself. He later says he’s neer been interested in his own image but actually he is in some of his later pieces. This was maybe a way of finding himself, both artistically and personally. He started painting at a young age, and had taken lessons from the old masters and soon moved onto the avant garde at the time.
Precursor to cubism, self portrait with palette, very flat piece due to the palette being dead on to the viewer. He saw his life as a battle with the old masters.
Picasso saw Van gogh as a patron saint, being hugely influenced by his work.
The Kiss, 1969, is an aging Picasso with his second wife which seems violent, seemingly nearly rape. He depicts himself and his wife as rousseau and his wife.
Picasso was very interested in caricatures and this certainly shows in his work, lots of this sort of work can be seen as in influence to Francis Bacon.
Still Life, an academic exercise.
Seen as the lowest subject matter, representing objects and forms in space. Spanish stressed simplicity, and directness(Melendez) artifice and opulence explored by French artists. French then used the topic as a way in experimenting iwth more radical techniques.
With cubism Picasso moved the still life on, a laboratory for exploring pieces. Analytical in appearance, drawn from every direction.
Painted collage, synthetic cubism. Starts with abstract forms which are built back up to represent reality as to the other way round for analytical.
His final pieces were of challenging the old masters directly. He wanted to see how his pictorial language measured up to those of the past as he was so famous.
To do this he took compositions from past artists and recreated them in his own style. This was incredibly revolutionary.
His final variation of “Women of Algiers” is amazing, refereces matisse and his blue nude selection as the artist had just died.
Once he’d finished the artist moved on to Velasquez’s las meninas (for picture look at Nouvelle Vague article). This is one of my favourite all time piece and I believe with good reason. The original is of a princess being dressed whilst the family look upon. The artist is painting us, and we are the king and queen of spain, seen in the mirror in the background.
Picasso emphasises the artist in this piece, by having him tower up and also by giving him a split personality. The concept behind the work is a definite precursor to conceptual art, and raises the question of the opwer of the artist.
The artist wished to make complete sure that he was the most famous artist, by covering a piece by Manet, Le dejeuner sur l’herbe. HE obviously respects Manet’s ability and skill but wishes to stress to explain the difference that has occurred in the final years.
Picasso’s ruling over the twentieth century has never been questioned since his death, which is rightly so as his work was so revolutionary.