Picasso’s style


While thinking about how to re-interpret the Italian paintings into a different era, I was reading about other times in history and came across ‘Picasso’s Periods’. This is where he created major stylistic phases between 1903-1938 onwards.These included seven main phases where his art would change along with his life and world, they were:

1. Blue Period (1903-5). Sad, gaunt people in gloomy settings, and then circus and harlequin subjects. The predominant colour is a melancholy blue. Example: “Harleqins family” 1906.


2. Rose Period (1905-6). Romantic, delicately treated subjects in pale pink. Example: “The two brothers” 1906.


3. Cubism (1907-25, includes the Proto-Cubist, Analytical and Synthetic Periods). Natural forms were changed to geometric-like shapes. Distortion and multi-view figures in mainly dull colours. Examples: “Guitar” 1913, “Three Musicians” 1921.


4. Neo-Classicism (1920-30). Heavily-built sculpturesque Grecian women. Example: “Three Woman at the spring” 1921.


5. Surrealism (1926 onwards). Dream-world compositions. Example: “Drawing for Guernica” 1937.


6. A style reminiscent of stained glass (1932 onwards). Grotesque conventionalized and disjointed forms outlined with thick black lines. Examples: “Interior with girl drawing” 1935.


7. A style with strong expressionist elements (1938 onwards). Subjects that anticipate the terror of war and reveal the conflict in his mind. Double images and extreme distortion. Example: “Two women by the sea”. At one stage he appeared to be influenced by Negro sculpture His first consideration in artistic expression is form.



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