Picasso’s art came from his heart and he believed in painting objects as he thought them to be, rather than how they actually appeared. He experimented with a range of styles and explored various techniques and approaches. The outstanding work of Picasso has been broadly classified into periods like the Blue period, Rose period, period with African influence, Cubism period and the Synthetic Cubism. Every period is characterised by the usage of different colors, strokes, characters, styles, moods and such-like attributes.
Some famous paintings of Picasso have been inspired by his life experiences and carry stories behind them. For instance, his ‘Les Demoiselles d’Avignon’ of 1907 and ‘Guernica’ of 1937 are proto-cubist creations portraying the Guernica bombings when Spain faced Civil War. Considered not less than a national treasure in Spain, Guernica is a black, white and grey colored representation of the grotesque bombing and the emotions it brought forth. The terror and chaos is real enough to be felt, such was the power of this monumental work by Picasso.
When Picasso was just fourteen, he painted the ‘First Communion’, an extremely realistic projection of his sister Lola receiving her very First Communion.
From his ‘Blue Period’ of painting, comes the renowned ‘La Vie’ which shows Casamegas as the central character; who happened to be Picasso’s close friend in real life. Casamegas’s death inspired Picasso’s Blue Period and his paintings of this phase used a dominant blue color and were touched by melancholy. ‘The Old Guitarist’ is another painting from this time which shows an old haggard man bent over his guitar. A sad painting, but real to the core.
‘Garcon a la Pipe’ of the year 1905 was Picasso’s gem from ‘Rose Period’. In this painting, Picasso painted a boy who was special to him and who loved to watch him paint.
Another of Picasso’s beautiful works is ‘The Portrait of Dora Maar’. The stunning painting shows Dora, who was Picasso’s Yugoslavian mistress and a photographer herself. She’s shown to be coming out of a box, which suggests a confinement of some kind. The highlight of the painting is the lady’s face, painted both from the side and front and still appearing astonishingly balanced. A true master at his work!
Picasso painted many ‘nudes’ during his career as a painter like ‘The Blue Nude’ of 1902 and ‘Nude, Green leaves and Bust’ of 1932. The former is a masterpiece which shows the clever use of the color blue in the form of a woman hugging her knees. The painting displays deep emotion and puts Picasso on a pedestal of talent. The latter features, Marie Walter, another mistress of Picasso who was also his muse.