Meet the Masters
PICASSO, PABLO (pi-KAHS-so, PAH-blow)
ACROBAT ON A BALL (YOUNG GIRL ON A BALL) PUSHKIN MUSEUM MOSCOW, RUSSIA
School of Paris Date: 1905 Size: 57 1/2” x 37” Medium: Oil
ARTIST - Pablo Picasso was born in Malaga, Spain. He lived a long and very productive life of 92 years. He experimented in painting, drawing, ceramics and sculpture.
Picasso's father, a professor at the Barcelona Academy of Art, was his first teacher. By the time he was 16 years old, he was working on his own. Throughout his career he passed through many periods which reflected what was going on in his own life. His 'blue period' from 1901-1909 for example, occurred when he was lonely, cold and hungry. His paintings of that period show very thin invalids, beggars and outcasts portrayed with only a few colors.
Between 1906-07, Picasso, and his friend, Georges Braque, invented Cubism, which led to modern art. Picasso wanted to 'free' the form in art. He achieved this in his paintings by breaking apart the object and assembling the parts in an odd way - emphasizing geometric shapes.
PRINT - No method or technique satisfied Picasso for long. He was fond of changing his methods and turned occasionally from the boldest experiments in image making to traditional forms of art. Acrobat on a Ball is an example of Picasso's Rose Period. He was fond of painting scenes, which included people from the circus. Here the young female acrobat balances on a ball while a man is looking on. In this picture Picasso has chosen softer and toned down, shaded colors. Even though Picasso wanted to "free the form" and often worked in a style called Cubism, he still was an excellent draftsman and could draw realistically. In Acrobat on a Ball, Picasso has used more of a realistic style to represent his subject.
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