Artist of the Week: Pablo Picasso
PopUp Painting’s artist of the week is Pablo Picasso.
Pablo Picasso was a Spanish painter, sculptor and print maker who spent most of his adult life in France.
Picasso demonstrated extraordinary artistic talent in his early years, painting in a naturalistic manner through his childhood and adolescence. However during the first decade of the 20th century, his style changed as he experimented with different theories, techniques, and ideas. The artist co-founded the Cubist movement where objects are analyzed, broken up and reassembled in an abstracted form—instead of depicting objects from one viewpoint, the artist depicted the subject from a multitude of viewpoints to represent the subject in a greater context. The artist is considered one of the greatest and most influential artists of the 20th century. His work is often categorized into periods. While the names of many of his later periods are debated, the most commonly accepted periods in his work are the Blue Period (1901–1904), the Rose Period (1904–1906), the African influenced period (1907–1909), Analytic Cubism (1909–1912), and Synthetic Cubism (1912–1919), also referred to as the Crystal Period.
Among his most famous works are Les Demoiselles D’Avignon (1907), housed in MOMA, NYC, and Guernica (1937), housed in La Reina Sofia, Madrid, a portrayal of the bombing of Guernica by the German and Italian airforces during the Spanish Civil War.
PopUp Painting has a simple aim: to bring art out of the classroom and the gallery and into the places where people meet on an everyday basis. Bringing social painting to London, we pop up in bars and restaurants right across London, Surrey and St. Albans. With public events, corporate events and private parties, and with themes from Banksy to Van Gogh, our events require no experience and give people a chance to have fun unleashing their creativity. Wine glass in one hand, paint brush in the other. Our painting and wine nights are one of the most creative things to do in London!