Picasso, the artist of the 20th century.
Speaking about arts, books, painting, sculpture or gardening, one time in the History emerges a figure that converges all the movements and feelings of a society. It’s really strange and difficult to find a character, painter and person who combines the necessary talent, the public figure gestures and this silent intuition to become a genius. In Picasso we can find the roots of the modern art and the legacy of classicism. We all know that Cezanne was the father and the antecedent of the cubism but if we think about cubism we cannot forget the name of his most legendary figure (yes, again Picasso). In fact, we can use Picasso as the center of the evolution and we can consider him like the epicenter to understand both modern and classical art. Picasso understood not only the modern artistic movements but the upcoming movements too.
If we need to establish a comparison with literature, we have just three or five names to opt for this arts throne: Shakespeare, Cervantes and maybe J. Joyce (yes, I forgot my name delivery, sorry) but we cannot see in any of them the join between past, present and future that we find in Picasso’s art. Picasso is the central stone to understand the 20th century and, probably, the future evolution of art and artists. Even, he caused a critical change in the way we approach to art and in the rules of the criticism. But he did much more and he changed the way we look at the artists.
There’s a before and an after Picasso and he knew it. He donated many of his most important works to museums instead of being paid for them. Yes, he knew his own importance in the future and he designed his career as an artist with much care. He is not only a painter: he practiced sculpture, ceramic and, overcoat, he designed his own public image. Now, we can take a look to the famous and rich people, those people we don’t know but we hear about the every day. In his times, Picasso became the first artist who become a true star. Every time he opened his mouth, he created a new story and he got his legend higher and higher.
He lived in Paris, we all know it, but he lived, metaphorically speaking, in Spain and in the United States too. He donated several works to the most important museums of USA and Spain. One of the most important works in the MOMA Museum in New York is The Ladies of Avignon. The most important piece in Reina Sofia Museum of Spain is The Guernika… need I say more? Picasso is an attraction in Chicago too –with the Chicago Picasso sculpture and the Portrait of Daniel-Henry Kahnweiler-. Did you know he appeared in a stamp of the URRS in 1973? His popularity is becoming even higher after his death and we can find very few movements that haven’t any influence of Picasso.
Picasso, the heir of Goya, Velazquez, el Greco and thousands and thousands of artists… and the father of any other movement we can chose now.
We would need a magic ball to watch the future, but I think Picasso will became the most famous artist in the History of art. The Humankind won’t forget his name… or maybe we will because is too long: Pablo Diego José Francisco de Paula Juan Nepomuceno María de los Remedios Cipriano de la Santísima Trinidad Ruiz y Picasso. Maybe just P. Almodovar can remember it.
Have a good day, my friends.