November 26, 2000
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Born October 25, 1881 in Malaga, Spain, Pablo Picasso became the defining artist of the twentieth century. As I learned about his life, I was struck by the observation that Picasso was blessed with parents who recognized his gift at an early age. Learn more about the man and his art at the following five sites.
iGalleries: Pablo Picasso
Although this gallery lacks commentary, it does have a nice Picasso collection of twenty-five paintings arranged alphabetically on five pages. A handful of additional collections (including Claude Monet, Vincent Van Gogh and Pierre Auguste Renoir) can be found by clicking on the iGalleries logo in the upper left hand corner. A comprehensive directory of Web links for hundreds of artists can be accessed via the Art Portal link.
A Picasso aficionado, who identifies himself only by his email address, created this online tribute with a creative interface that perfectly suits its subject matter. Move your mouse over Picasso’s colorful face and the various subject headings will pop up one by one. Click appropriately to dive into any of the five sections: Biography, Paintings, Illustrations, Etchings, or Sculpture. The biography is in the form of a time line. Each featured artwork (although not critiqued or explained) is annotated with title, medium, size and year.
Picasso and Portraiture
Calling itself the “Official Picasso Web Site,” this Club Internet site is moderated by Picasso’s son Claude Picasso. It promises to keep us up-to-date on Picasso events around the world, but sadly has not been updated for many years. The Picasso and Portraiture exhibit remains online, however, and is wonderful and quite extensive: a private showing of sixty works from the 1996 traveling exhibit, mounted by the Museum of Modern Art in New York.
Picasso: The Early Years
“The most celebrated artist of the twentieth century, Pablo Picasso was a prodigy whose virtuosity, imagination, and expressive power were evident long before he reached the age of twenty. This [Boston Museum of Fine Arts] exhibition examines the first decade and a half of Picasso’s extraordinary career.” To see the entire exhibit, click on the thumbnails (small paintings) and then traverse through the site using the Next button. Also fascinating is the time line which places Picasso’s early life events in sequence with other artistic and cultural icons of the twentieth century such as Sigmund Freud, the Wright brothers, Paul Gauguin and Renoir.
“For Picasso, the meaning of art was derived from other works of art, and not directly from nature. Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec’s work had a significant impact on his early paintings, as did the work of Paul CÃ©zanne. Their influence, among others, can be detected in the paintings of Picasso’s blue period (1901-04), which was stimulated by his exposure to life and thought in Paris, where he made his home after 1904.” It is nearly impossible to discuss online art without including the massive Web Museum created by Nicholas Pioch. Click on any of the thumbnails to view larger images.
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Copyright © 2000 Barbara J. Feldman
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