An Introduction to Modern Art
The Modern style was not born in one day when Pablo Picasso started creating his works. It was a gradual process influenced by many trends and events. Some of these trends are obvious, such as the collections of works by Paul Cezanne who started painting nature in a fragmented way and making references to geometric forms such as cylinders, cones, and spheres. Other influences were much less obvious and included the works by Diego Velazques, Henri Toulouse-Lautrec, and El Greco. However, Picasso claimed that these artists had a profound impact on him and made him simplify the forms to an extreme degree.
Pablo Picasso is the most well-known modernist. His eye is where cubism and modern art came from. Picasso was born in Spain. His father recognized his talent for art and taught him a lot. There is a small museum of Picasso in Barcelona that features the early works of the artist, including very realistic depictions of ancient sculptures.
For his entire life, Picasso was a rebel. As a teenager, he started coming to gatherings of intellectuals in Barcelona cafes. He then went to Paris, the art capital of the time, and saw the works of Manet and Toulouse-Lautrec that made a lasting impression on him.
Before he started creating paintings in the style of cubism, Picasso drew in a number of other styles, including realism and caricature. He also had a Blue Period and a Rose Period.
Blue Period lasted from 1901 to 1904. During this time the artist used predominantly blue palette and focused his attention on the outcasts of the society such as beggars and prostitutes. During this period he also created his first sculptures.
The Rose Period started in 1904. The palette became brighter and pinks and beiges started dominating the works of Picasso. He started drawing circus people and clowns.