The artistic genius of Pablo Picasso (1881–1973) has no doubt impacted the development of modern and contemporary art with unparalleled magnitude. His prolific output includes over 20,000 paintings, prints, drawings, sculptures, ceramics, theater sets and costumes that convey myriad intellectual, political, social, and amorous messages.
His style transcends realism plus abstraction. What is intriguing about him is he was a womanizer who had once captured the hearts of six women and instilled his beautiful romance in some of his artwork.
One of my very own favourites of Picasso is the painting he drew of one of his women, Marie Therese Walter.
Marie was his mistress for 8 years and committed suicide four years after Picasso’s death.
Picasso painted Marie with the most vibrant colours possible. The total contrast between Marie’s potrait and his painting depicts how Marie was in Picasso’s eyes. Marie seemed to be of a youthful character, full of jubilant energy yet at the same time, he also knew her as a woman filled with bright thoughts.
Yet an irony that is an energetic, exuberant woman like Marie ended up killing herself. Her love for Picasso was everlasting despite Picasso’s love being not quite the same. Their love story – like the other 5 women of Picasso – was tragic but yet beautiful.
I could see why Picasso fell for Marie. Just as I fell in love with this painting. Marie was a woman so lively and bright. It was almost like she was a sun.
The most recent painting of Marie, Nude, Green Leaves and Bust actually conveys a different personality of this beautiful woman. She became a sad woman and this painting, we could see her submissive behaviour. It felt like the man knew how he had trapped her yet at the same time, she was willing and still in that submissive relationship, offered beautiful three clover leaves.
This painting eventually sold for a staggering , price breaking $106,482,500 in New York.
Pablo Picasso is an artist whose artwork trigger deep thoughts and even when his artwork is abstract, he ensured consistency and structure in each piece. Many of his artworks showcase his fearless attitude and confidence. Perhaps in his time, some might say he was an arrogant man but it worked out perfectly for him. His “arrogance” has made him one of the most fond-of artist in the world and it taught us one thing, to be creative, we must not listen to the noise of the world telling us what to do or what not to do.