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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Picasso Keeps Talk Show Audience Engaged

Joebar's special guest this week was no one other, but the great Picasso himself!

The Spanish-born painter and sculptor is best known for co-founding the Cubist movement and for the wide variety of styles embodied in his work. The crowd was clearly excited to have the opportunity to meet Picasso and greeted him accordingly. Then Joebar started asking questions about Picasso's interesting life and work. His guest was happy to talk and enjoyed the attention.

Picasso shared that he was born on October 25, 1881, in Malaga in Spain. His father was a painter and a professor of art at the School of Crafts and the curator of a local museum, so the painter learnt the basics of art from his father. Picasso demonstrated uncanny artistic talent in his early years, painting in a realistic manner through his childhood and adolescence.

During the first decades of the twentieth century his style changed as he experimented with different theories, techniques, and ideas. All his paintings were usually classified into various ‘periods’ based on the moods and styles of the paintings. These, in turn, were largely affected by his personal and love life.

From 1899 to 1900 was a period where Picasso was creating paintings in a Modernist style which emerged due to his influence and exposure to the works of Rossetti and Edward Munch, among others.

1901 to 1904 is named the Blue Period because many of his paintings in that time were in the shades of blue and blue-green.

1905 to 1907 is called Picasso's Rose Period where his paintings became cheerful with the use of orange and pink colors. There were many harlequins also featured.

1907 to 1909 is his African Influenced Period where his drawings were inspired by African artifacts.

1909 to 1912 is called Picasso’s Analytic Cubism Period. This style of painting was was characterized by the use of monochrome brown colors. He took the objects apart and analyzed them within the medium of his paintings.

From 1912 to 1919 is Picasso’s Synthetic Cubism Period where he began to use collage in his art. He would add paper fragments of wallpaper or newspaper pages and paste them into his work.

During the 1930s he returned to a more neo-classical style of painting.

Picasso's revolutionary artistic accomplishments brought him universal renown and immense fortune throughout his life, making him one of the best-known figures in twentieth century art.

All the young painters in the audience listened to all that in awe and couldn't wait to ask questions in the end. After giving them some great advice, it was time for Picasso to leave, but he promised to be back to SecretBuilders.

I am so glad I was there!

Next week's guest is Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, so save the date and make sure you're on time - you wouldn't want to miss this!

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