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Saturday Art: National Gallery’s Pablo Picasso


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The dwindling summer days will be well spent enjoying the National Gallery of Art, and we’ve arrived at the works of Pablo Picasso that collection holds.   The works of Picasso that we’ve visited previously are Guernica in Madrid, and the Picasso Museo in  Barcelona.

His classical period preceded, and then followed Picasso’s fauvist and cubist works.

Analytic cubism (1909–1912) is a style of painting Picasso developed with Georges Braque using monochrome brownish and neutral colors. Both artists took apart objects and “analyzed” them in terms of their shapes. Picasso and Braque’s paintings at this time share many similarities. Synthetic cubism (1912–1919) was a further development of the genre, in which cut paper fragments – often wallpaper or portions of newspaper pages – were pasted into compositions, marking the first use of collage in fine art.


In the period following the upheaval of World War I, Picasso produced work in a neoclassical style. This “return to order” is evident in the work of many European artists in the 1920s,

Throughout a long life of adventurous art and lifestyle, Picasso showed constant striving to express beauty in unique and striking ways.   His effect on art is monumental, and his works lead us to see our lives and surroundings in ways we might never have achieved without his perspectives and talents.

Below is a painting that recalls that ‘often repeated Picasso quote that: “Bad artists copy. Great artists steal.”’  It is considered a masterpiece of the Rose Period, and its theme of a group on a beach appears in other artworks.

Family of Saltimboques

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Ruth Calvo

Ruth Calvo

I've blogged at The Seminal for about two years, was at cabdrollery for around three. I live in N.TX., worked for Sen.Yarborough of TX after graduation from Wellesley, went on to receive award in playwriting, served on MD Arts Council after award, then managed a few campaigns in MD and served as assistant to a member of the MD House for several years, have worked in legal offices and written for magazines, now am retired but addicted to politics, and join gladly in promoting liberals and liberal policies.