I started the week looking through some Picasso portraits before beginning a portrait of my own. This drawing below looked so familiar to me and then someone pointed out to that it's in the book Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain. Oh yeah!
In 1937, Spain was in the midst of a civil war and the Republican government asked Picasso to create a mural for Spain’s pavilion at the Paris World Fair. Then on April 26th the Germans bombed a defenseless town called Guernica. Picasso, outraged by the bombing and the inhumanity of war, painted Guernica in black, white and grays, using bullfight imagery to represent the bloodshed and horror. Dora Maar, one of Picasso’s mistresses, photographed the process.
During WW2, Picasso stayed in Paris. He was often harrassed by Gestapo and during a search of his apartment, an officer saw a photograph of Guernica. He asked Did you do that? Picasso replied, You did.
He wrote poetry, worked in bronze, and continued to paint. The Charnel House is a piece in a similar style as Guernica but depicts a murdered family beneath a table.
In 1944, Picasso joined the Communist Party and became involved with the Peace Movement. In 1949, the Paris World Peace Conference adopted the dove he painted as their symbol of peace. Doves became a theme in his work; he even named his daughter with Francoise Gilot, Paloma which means dove.
Picasso worked for over 80 years and in that time created over 50,000 works, including 1885 paintings, 1288 sculptures, 2880 ceramics, and roughly 12,000 drawings. Here’s a few of his ceramics, sculptures, and assemblages...
In Picasso's later years, he worked in a mixture of styles. He maintained an ambitious schedule and believed that his work would keep him alive. He died April 8, 1973 at his home in France at the age of 91. His second wife Jacqueline Roque prevented his older children, Claude and Paloma, from attending the funeral.
I started a large painting this week. I haven’t painted large for almost a year. I’m having a lot of fun with it; I have to make myself stop painting each day and work on my other tasks. I also got started on the illustrated biography that goes out to my Patreon subscribers each month. I'm trying something different this time, putting art stuff on the right side and life stuff on the left side and making a timeline of sorts.