|PABLO PICASSO: EXPERIMENTS
The Saltimbanques (1905) Mother and Child (1922)
Guernica (1937) Portrait of a Woman (1938)
Throughout Pablo Picasso's long, active life, he was always at the frontier of artistic thinking, always producing
radically new techniques. He experimented constantly during his 92 years, and the result was a volume of work of
staggering proportions created in an amazing variety of media that has left an indelible mark on the direction of
Painter, sculptor, printmaker -- eccentric, eclectic, visionary... all of these help to define Picasso. His prodigious
talent (he could "draw like Raphael" when he was seven) only partly accounts for his remarkable achievements:
Picasso also possessed an independence of spirit which gave him the freedom to experiment and break new
ground -- no matter what the reaction was from his family, friends, art world or public. He followed no rules and was
burdened with no preconceived technique. Art to Picasso was always an adventure: "To find is the thing."
Few artists were as quick as Picasso in acquiring and processing a new idea: working in two or more contrasting
styles or moods and in a variety of media simultaneously became a lasting pattern early in his career. One idea
seemed to breed another almost faster than Picasso could act on them. While still a young, struggling artist, it
would have been easy for someone of Picasso's genius to turn out paintings to suit prevailing tastes and make a
very comfortable living -- and perhaps to find fame as well. But Picasso, always the "fiery Spaniard", never
compromised his vision or ceased his experimenting. Public taste, he believed, would simply have to come to terms
with him -- and, of course, it did!
In this GalleryTime session we explore just some of the many directions in which Picasso's experiments led him –
and conduct artistic “experiments” of our own.
Mother and Child
Portrait of a Woman