Pablo Picasso Prints

Written by Serena Berger
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Pablo Picasso prints come in styles so diverse that they would not be attributed to the same artist by any casual observer. No other artist has ever achieved the fame Picasso did within his own lifetime, and no one came close to achieving the overwhelming dominance of the art world that Pablo Picasso did in the twentieth century. His frequent changes of style, his mastery of every type of medium, and his innovation in all the mediums he explored are what made Picasso one of the most important and influential artists of all time, as well as this diversity facilitating your search for Pablo Picasso prints that you may enjoy.

It is impossible to isolate a single accomplishment as Picasso's most significant; but it is reasonable to start with the fact that he, along with George Braque, founded the Cubist movement. Prints from Picasso's earlier Blue and Rose periods are often wistful paintings of beggars and circus people. These periods display technical proficiency, but it was not until Picasso was overwhelmed and inspired by Paris--the fast pace of public life and the contrasting images coming from every angle--that he found a way to translate his unique vision into a new artistic movement.

Pablo Picasso Prints in the Cubist Style

The Cubist work that Picasso did between 1911 and 1918 brought cultural vernacular into high art, but with a twist that was to influence a generation of artists. Picasso sought to develop a new spatial organization in which several simultaneous points of view could be used to capture the idea of an object, as opposed to an accurate representation of the object from a single point of view. Pablo Picasso prints from this time in the artist's career approach subjects from multiple angles and combine fragments from each of these into a single composition.

As many other artists embraced and imitated his Cubist masterworks, Pablo Picasso moved on, entering an era of work which reexamined many Classical ideas in his own inimitable way. His prints in this period were dominated by sensuous nudes, as well as open, light Mediterranean vistas. Some of his work is gentle and dreamy, while some is terrifying and challenging. In 1937, he revisited his Cubist ideas to paint the mural Guernica, an anti-war monument that remains one of his most important contributions both to art and to the world.

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