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Linocut in 5 colors on Vèlin d'Arches by Pablo Picasso. "Le Vieux Roi" is the editions: 42/160. The work is published in the catalog "PICASSO, Modern Master Printmaker", pg. 165.
Linocut in 5 colors on Vèlin d'Arches by Pablo Picasso, numbered and signed, 1963. Limited edition in 160 works in all the world.
Pablo Picasso (whose full name is Pablo Diego José Francisco de Paula Juan Nepomuceno María de los Remedios Cipriano de la Santísima Trinidad Martyr Patricio Clito Ruíz y Picasso) was born in Malaga in 1881 and was one of the great protagonists of the art scene of the twentieth century. His works, in continuous renewal because of biographical events and experiments of the artist, have given a strong stimulus to the revolution of aesthetic and formal principles of art. Pablo Picasso art works have also deeply influenced the future generations of artists.
Pablo Picasso’s career began at a very young age and under the academic training of his father. Picasso early work consisted of making portraits of relatives and friends, he was considered a child prodigy.
Pablo Picasso, early work and style will characterize the entire twentieth century, represents a pioneer artist, who will contribute to the artistic scene development of those years. In Picasso, works and art are represented as a turning point of cultural enrichment of the period.
Picasso paintings style is characterized by a continuous study and experimentation of the main styles of contemporary painting. The works of Picasso, in fact, never remained the same throughout his career, marked also by the many emotional impulses that characterized the life of Pablo Picasso.
In the various stages of his style, Picasso always wanted to tell in detail the nuances of the most intimate and profound events of his life.
The constant transformation of his style is a clear sign of the brilliance of the Spanish artist.
Picasso Blue Period is characterized by the sadness and melancholy caused by the suicide of his friend Carlos Casagemas, with whom Picasso had shared travels and years of bohemian life.
Elongated figures and the use of color with a prevalence of shades of blue are feature of the Blue Period: Picasso melted together the reflection of his emotions in this period of sadness.
The subjects and themes of Picasso Blue Period are oriented to explore the condition of misery and loneliness of the human being in the contemporary era. Characters such as poors, beggars and circus personalities with sad and melancholic looks will be the protagonists in Picasso's works.
Picasso paintings of the Blue Period have a sense of sadness and loneliness in common.
Picasso Rose Period is characterized by the moving of the artist to Paris, where he fell in love with Fernande Olivier, a French model and writer.
The serenity, determined by the new love and new encounters, puts in the artist a new existential condition that will lead him to abandon the dark tones of the Blue Period, beginning to explore various shades of pink.
During the Rose Period, Picasso turns his attention to the characters of the circus as harlequins, acrobats, and jugglers. The idyllic atmosphere and the shades of pink will arise a period of childish works.
Pablo Picasso Cubism, like the others avant-garde movements, is characterized by a pessimistic view which aimed to go beyond the visible in order to explore other possibilities of representation.
A pioneer of the artistic movement along with Georges Braque, Picasso developed the iconic style after attending exhibitions of Iberian sculptures and African art.
Picasso Cubism painting turn towards an increasing number of points of view that will break down the image in space presenting it simultaneously on the surface of the painting.
Cubism period is in turn divided into two periods: Analytical and Synthetic Cubism.
The first one, Analytical Cubism, is characterized by a marked decomposition of form. That means that in the same space and at the same time, the object is perceived as if it were captured simultaneously from several angles. The obtained result borders on abstraction, without separating from the reality and the nature of the represented object.
On the other hand, Synthetic Cubism is developed with a renewed attention to color. The style turns out to be more sensitive than the Analytical Cubism and with direct clear and understandable images, thanks to the use of collage and the recovery of fragments of reality of several elements in a synthesis.
Picasso, Les Demoiselles d'Avignon artwork, whose original title was “Bordel d'Avignon”, is one of the most revolutionary and controversial works the artist’s artistic career, started in 1907.
Pablo Picasso artwork portrayed five female bodies with sharp and angular shapes. “Les Damoiselles” all have their gaze turned towards the viewer, so that the traditional perspective, the one with a single point of view, is modified. The work has been recognized for being the first work of Cubism.
Guernica, Picasso’s artwork, was led by the feeling of the artist after the bombardment of the city of Guernica in 1937.
The same year, Picasso, artist at the time known throughout Europe, is invited to represent his country at the International Exhibition of Arts and Techniques in Paris. And it was on this occasion that he decided to present the work.
Guernica marks a new and further turning point in Picasso's artistic career, which has always been in continuous transformation.
For the realization of the work Guernica, Pablo Picasso amazes for the chromatic choice. Picasso decides to abandon the color, symbol of life, to rely only on the dramatic force of black and white and a range of gray-blue shades. The chromatic choice of Picasso is due to the crude series of photographs of war in black and white appeared on the newspapers of the time.
The work Guernica is a "declaration of war on war", aimed to become an ideological manifesto as well as a moral condemnation of the event.
At the end of the International Exhibition, the painting was removed and moved to New York, the city where Picasso decided to keep the painting throughout the period of the Second World War. Guernica, along with other works by Picasso were kept in the Museum of Modern Art, also known as MoMA.
Guernica arrived in Spain for the first time in 1981, eight years after Picasso's death.
The work is a symbol, both for Spaniards and for all of Europe, of resistance to Nazism.
For Picasso, war and wartime tragedies mark the conclusion of a mostly optimistic artistic period. The artist has the need to return to look at the art of the past. The new works by Picasso are thus characterized by a return to the classical and a recovery of a formal overview.
Critics identify this further transformation of the artist Pablo Picasso as the Mediterranean Years, a period characterized by a timeless atmosphere.
Pablo Picasso died in 1973 in Mougins retired in exile after the seizure of power by General Francisco Franco in Spain.
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