There's just so much to study with Picasso but the organizer in me is enjoying that art historian's have already put his work into periods. :) I like studying (and sharing) an artist in chronological order and I get annoyed when I miss something and end up going back in time. So it's nice to have his life broken up like this.
1904-1906 Picasso’s Rose Period
During this time, he frequented the circus nearby and for about 6 months painted the performers. He found some success in the art world—an art dealer and patrons. He met and fell in love with his first model, Fernande Olivier. He traveled to Spain and to the Netherlands, slowly his blue palette turned to warm... ochre, clay, orange, pink, red.
Picasso’s new patron was none other than Gertrude Stein. He began her portrait in 1905 and in 1906, over 90 sittings later, he still wasn’t happy with it. Finally he erased the face and painted it from memory. Her hands realistic like in his previous work but the face simplified. This was the beginning of a dramatic change in his work. 1906’s Self Portrait with Palette is even more flat.
1907-1909 Picasso’s African Influence
Then in 1907, he shocked even his most modern friends with Les Demoiselles d’Avignon. This piece is often referred to as the most important painting of the 20th century. “Good artists copy, great artists steal.” Picasso had been taught to copy throughout all his schooling. In this piece he steals—a little from here and a little from there—a traditional subject-bathers, mask-like faces-a mixture of Iberian and African masks, bodies like wood sculptures, and a nod to Cezanne with the fruit.
1909-1912 Picasso’s Cubist Period
In 1907 Picasso met Georges Braque and together they began exploring this idea of showing four dimensions on a two-dimensional surface. Picasso and Braque worked together, exchanging ideas every day. Braque described their relationship as “two mountain-climbers roped together.” Its hard to tell which one painted many of their works during this time.
Picasso continued to deconstruct the conventions of perspective. He began to include collage elements and work three dimensionally.
It's been a fun week of letting my research influence my work. I played around with these two pieces, neither one did I have a plan or idea about what I wanted to do. So it's been fun to see where they go.
I just really liked that silhouette of Picasso and knew I wanted to do something with it. I was thinking about a couple old paintings that have silhouettes incorporated, this Maya Angelou one and this Marisol one from a couple years ago. Then I ran across that quote and thought that'd be good combo. I'm pretty happy with how it turned out. It has a really nice texture.
Then I started reworking this portrait that I started last week. I wasn't super happy with how it was going so I thought I'd give it some Cubist qualities. I'm not sure it's done yet but I'm ready to sit with it for awhile.