"Action is the foundational key to all success." - Picasso
There has been no other artists, prior to Pablo Picasso, who had such an impact on the art world with his distinct style and flare for artistic creation. The Spanish born artist is most known for his introduction of cubism, and modern approaches to painting. Picasso rejected the inherited concept that art should copy nature, or that he should adopt the traditional techniques of perspective, modeling, and foreshortening. He and other cubist painters wanted instead to emphasize the two-dimensionality of the canvas. Reducing and fracturing objects into geometric forms, and then realigned these within a shallow, relief-like space. In this way, Picasso truly influenced the art world and the way in which art came to be by other artists of today.
"Bad artists copy. Good artists steal." - Picasso
As his career moved forward, comical and fantasy were also the types of works that Picasso focused on. Graphic arts, ceramics, and sculptures, were the methods that he used the most, as opposed to painting and etched works, which were the predominant choices early on in his career. During his life time, Picasso produced thousands of prints, stage designs, illustrations, and a series of drawings, which represented these themes, and distinct styles.
When Picasso died at age 91 in April 1973, he had become one of the most famous and successful artist in modern art. His career spanned over a 78 year period, in which he created: 13,500 paintings, 100,000 prints and engravings, and 34,000 illustrations. Picasso was, and still is, seen as a magician by writers and critics, a metaphor that captures both the sense of an artist who is able to transform everything around him at a touch and a man who can also transform himself, elude us, fascinate and mesmerize us.
The Plaza Galleries is proud to present the fine art of Pablo Picasso.