Pablo strikes again
His name has become synonymous with "modern" painting and in almost all the rankings and surveys on the notoriety of painters of all time he is firmly in fourth place, after Leonardo, Michelangelo and head to head with Van Gogh: it's Pablo Picasso.
Just a few days ago, an auction in Las Vegas demonstrated all the value of the Spanish painter: eleven of his paintings were all sold for a total of 109 million dollars.
In addition to being a lively and brilliant painter, Picasso was a great "manager" of himself and was already very rich in life. Very prolific (some estimate that his works were 120,000) he crossed different styles and pictorial "manners".
Traditional, pink period, blue period, cubist to form his unmistakable, free, imaginative and spontaneous style.
Of himself he declared: “When I was twelve I painted like Raphael, but it took me a lifetime to paint like a child”.
On painting like Raphael it is better to avoid comparison and also on painting like a child some clarifications are needed.
Let's take one of his most famous works: "Les demoiselles d’Avignon". A superficial observer would launch into the usual judgment of random lines and conclude with ... "I can do this too".
Picasso used 806 sketches and sketches to get to that result, designing the painting down to the smallest detail, aware of creating a work that would revolutionize art.
And "Guernica"? A painting considered to be composed of a jet under the wave of the emotion of the Italian-German criminal bombing, it was instead the result of a study with over 50 preparatory sketches, drawing motifs from figures from Raphael to Guido Reni to Goya.
All this has very little to do with children, but it does with a great painter. The freshness and spontaneity of Picasso's brushstrokes were the result of an impressive amount of training and work, to achieve a goal that was clear in the artist's mind.
A phrase from Picasso, perhaps more truthful, reads: "Don't judge what you don't know as wrong, take the opportunity to understand.”
And to understand Picasso is to understand painting.
Andrea Giuseppe Fadini