Pablo Picasso: Art To Understand


Les Demoiselles d’Avignon

The name of Pablo Picasso, one of the initiators of the modernist movement and the greatest artists of the 20th century, is probably known to anyone who has the slightest interest in art. However, I doubt that everyone understands the depths of his creations…

I have been familiar with his works for a long time when I first visited Malaga, Picasso’s birthplace. Though I did like the colors and the extraordinary nature of his drawings, he was nothing but an “original original painter” to me.  Only after visiting his birthplace and learning his life I could fully appreciate his genius and understand his works full of various geometric shapes, mythologies and burning Spanish colors.

In his museum built within the house where he was born, was the exhibition of his Minotauromachy collection of . The guide was passionately telling Picasso’s biography and how the collection actually came to life when I found myself sunk in the wonderful symbolism combined with skillful printing technique of the works. The Greek mythological character of Minotaur was Picasso himself going through psychological tensions and telling the bitter-sweet love story of his life. I saw the Fraudian latent content that Picasso was expressing in his works, I saw his soul trying to conceal his vulnerability  and fight the reality. He was known to be a great womanizer who did not have any particular attachments and was heartless when it came to women, but his Minotaur collection proved the opposite. It showed how he was broken once and did not want to feel the same again; not only did her women suffered but he as well when hurting them… Picasso’s works opened up a new kind of art for me which was much intimate, provocative and mind-blowing than anything I saw before…

Picasso’s genius however is not limited to personal matters, It is also rebellious and bravely expresses the issues of his time. The same Minotaur for instance, can be observed in Guernica, which became one of the symbols of the Second World War showing the Nazi’s devastating casual bombing practice on the Basque town of Guernica during Spanish Civil War.

In case my post motivated anyone to learn more about the genius of the 20th centure, here is a short video.


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