Thursday, July 31, 2008

Pablo Picasso and Video

Pablo Ruiz Picasso (1881-1973) is considered to be the greatest artist of the 20th century. So much has been written and said about this artist. He created his art and lived as he liked.

To begin to have some understanding of Picasso the man and artist, he had this to say about his art and of himself:

" The artist is a receptacle for emotions that come from all over the place: from the sky, from the earth, from a scrap of paper, from a passing shape, from a spider's web. That is why we must not discriminate between things. Where things are concerned there are no class distinctions. We must pick out what is good for us where we can find it -- except from our own works. I have a horror of copying myself. But when I am shown a portfolio of old drawings, for instance, I have no qualms about taking anything I want from them. " ~ Picasso [1]

" To me there is no past or future in art. If a work of art cannot always live in the present it must not be considered at all. The art of the Greeks, of the Egyptians, of the great painters who lived in other times, is not an art of the past; perhaps it is more alive today than it ever was. Art does not evolve by itself, the ideas of people change and with them their mode of expression. " ~ Picasso [2]

Enjoy some of Picasso's portraits in this video by 'eggman 913' (Philip Scott Johnson), music by Yo Yo Ma.

To take a look at other videos with my posts:

Victoria and Albert Museum, London, England & video

Damien Hirst & video

Monet's Garden at Giverny & video

Vincent van Gogh Said ... & video

Robert Motherwell Bio & video

Major Cézanne Exhibit & video

[1] Ingo F. Walther, Pablo Picasso 1881-1973, Genius of the Century, trans. Hugh Beyer (Cologne: Benedikt Taschen, 1993), 18.
[2] Ibid., 24.

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