SOME CALL HIM A GENIUS

Portrait of Olga Picasso – 1924 – She was Picasso’s first wife, married on July 12, 1918.  She met the artist at the theatre in which she was performing with the ballet.  Picasso designed the set and costumes.  She bore him a son, after which the marriage began to deteriorate. They never divorced, because Pablo didn’t want to share his fortune with her.  In this portrait we can see the artist’s depth with naturalism.  He was an early learner and was studying art with his father at the age of ten.  As he grew into a man, he started exploring different artist’s styles and wanted to take the new ideas a step further.  He became famous as one of the founders of modern art.

The National Geographic channel has been airing the life of artist, Pablo Picasso, in its second season of the GENIUS series.  The title role is being played by Anthony Banderas. The show is well done, includes much of Picasso’s body of work and his relationships throughout his life – which were many,

Somewhere along the line, with all his philandering and womanizing, Picasso was able to create art which appealed to the new generation of artists at the turn of the 20th century. Gertrude Stein was one of his greatest patrons.  She hosted a salon in Paris for all the new age artists, novelists and poets.

He started to paint like other artists, which I think happens when schools of artists gather.  They look to the master artist for guidance.  Egocentric Pablo believed he was better than those he followed and often criticized them for their inferior work. A man not to be outdone, he was on a constant search to bring something new and better to the world of art.

Weeping Woman 1937 Pablo Picasso 1881-1973 Accepted by HM Government in lieu of tax with additional payment (Grant-in-Aid) made with assistance from the National Heritage Memorial Fund, the Art Fund and the Friends of the Tate Gallery 1987 http://www.tate.org.uk/art/work/T05010

In his later years, he became enamored with Francois Gilot, a woman who could easily have been his daughter.  She too was an artist and her admiration for Picasso and his work were probably the driving force which led her to live with and have two children by him.  He realized great wealth from his art during his lifetime.  One of few artists that have been so blessed.

I’ve had an interest in art history since I started dating my husband.  When you’re young and in love, you try to impress – right?  In fact when we were in our early years of marriage, my husband purchased a print done by Francois Gilot (one of Picasso’s mistresses.)  We were in no position to do something so spontaneous.  Our budget was busting at the seams, but we paid $25 a month to own a piece of art which I never grew to like.  “A good investment in the future,”  he said.  When it no longer became possible to keep this treasure, it was sold at a profit, and helped us through some tough financial times.  Today that print is undoubtedly priceless, but at the time we needed groceries.

If you have the chance to watch it, the National Geographic Channel has done a stunning job of telling Picasso’s story.  I’d recommend it highly.  In my experience as the wife of an artist, I haven’t witnessed my husband slicing off his ear, or having illicit affairs with women.  He doesn’t take mood altering drugs nor does he smoke, In fact the closest he came to doing anything avant-garde, was having his full head of hair permed so he looked sort of like Bob Ross.  He’s not your typical artist, but in my book, he’s one of the best.

 

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5 Responses to SOME CALL HIM A GENIUS

  1. I started the series as I had enjoyed the Einstein series but immediately saw I wasn’t going
    to stick around.
    I was never a Picasso fan in part due to the fact that I do not like the modern and post-modern 20th-century business—abstract, cubism, surrealism, DADAism….etc….nor was I fan of his ego or his blatant philandering.
    Dali’s either but at least Dali was entertaining.

    I did, however, have the privilege of meeting Françoise Gilot many years back.
    She was the mother of two of his children, Paloma being one of them.
    Gilot lived with Picasso for 10 years but they naturally never married.
    The age difference was 40 years.

    She later married Jonas Salk of polio vaccine fame.

    A nearby county’s school system was hosting a seminar/ meet and greet with Ms. Gilot and invited surrounding art teachers to bring 5 kids to the seminar allowing them a chance to hear first hand about life with Picasso as well as to ask her questions.

    She was gracious and quite beautiful despite her age.
    She spoke about the time their son was little and was in school and he had painted a picture of the sky, painting it orange.
    The teacher was beside herself trying to tell the child that sky is blue and he should paint it blue—who in their right mind tells Picasso’s son to paint his orange sky blue?!

    That was a real treat.

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    • atimetoshare.me says:

      Wow you actually met her? That’s amazing. I’m not a fan of Picasso either. That whole period was laced with too much alcohol and opium. He was s fine artist at the start. It on trying to achieve greatness he followed the trends. Sadly he became rich because of it. I didn’t like the series at first but it is intriguing,

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