Dora Maar Photographs Picasso’s Guernica

pablo picasso guernica

I have seen sketches and drawings leading up to and relating to Pablo Picasso’s giant Guernica painting, but I haven’t seen it photographed in stages. Henriette Theodora Marković, better known as Dora Maar captured the masterpiece from start to finish. I like how it evolves, even though it was a very planned painting, it still grew and changed as it progressed. Picasso thought of it as capturing the metamorphosis of a painting rather than simply recording the stages.Continue Reading

Top 200 20th Century Artists?

The Times and Saatchi gallery have compiled 1,461,523 votes from the public to come up with a list of the 200 top artists of the 20th Century. It’s a method that has flaws as some artists will be missing and other artists will get more attention than they really deserve, but any list compiled by anyone is flawed as lists are an art rather than a science. They’re not meant to be taken too seriously.

1 Pablo Picasso 21587

2 Paul Cezanne 21098

3 Gustav Klimt 20823

4 Claude Monet 20684

5 Marcel Duchamp 20647

6 Henri Matisse 17096

7 Jackson Pollock 17051

8 Andy Warhol 17047

9 Willem De Kooning 17042

10 Piet Mondrian 17028Continue Reading

LIFE Photo Archive on Google

LIFE is teaming up with Google to create a massive online database of more than 10 million photos from the 1750s through to today. It is a work in progress but there is already an impressive collection of photographs online now.Continue Reading

Major Picasso Harlequin Withdrawn from Auction

An important Pablo Picasso painting has been withdrawn from a Sotheby’s Impressionist and Modern art auction in New York. The 1909 work titled “Arlequin” was expected to make more than $30 million.Continue Reading

Pablo Picasso Auction in Sydney

A Pablo Picasso painting is being auctioned this week in Sydney, Australia at Deutscher-Menzies. The 1954 work titled “Sylvette” is expected to set a record for a painting auctioned in Australia with an estimate of between $5,000,000 and 7,000,000.Continue Reading

Pablo Picasso and His Collection in Brisbane

During my recent walkabout I was feeling artsick (kind of like being homesick, but it’s art that you miss) so I drove on to the city of Brisbane in Queensland, Australia. It’s not a city that you would usually go to if you’re feeling artsick, but there was an exhibition of Picasso and his personal art collection on at the Gallery of Modern Art, so I had to go.Continue Reading

Matisse and Picasso Videos

I have probably been wasting too much time at YouTube lately. It’s an excellent time waster, unless you have a “to do” list that is a mile long.

Two artists that I can never get enough of are Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso. Picasso because he’s a ball of energy that lived to paint, and Matisse because he painted to make the world a more beautiful place.Continue Reading

Most Influential Work of Art

Newsweek has asked the question; “Which Is the Most Influential Work of Art Of the Last 100 Years?” Possible answers they offered were..

A. Black Square by Kazimir Malevich
B. ‘One (Number 31) ‘ by Jackson Pollock
C. ‘Fountain’ by Marcel Duchamp
D. ‘Campbell’s Soup Can’ by Andy Warhol
E. ‘Les Demoiselles D’Avignon’ by Pablo PicassoContinue Reading

Les Demoiselles d’Avignon after One Hundred Years

The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York is celebrating 100 years of Pablo Picasso’s “Les Demoiselles d’Avignon” painting. The MoMA says..

“The exhibition reunites Les Demoiselles with a group of preparatory studies for the overall composition and for the individual figures, and also includes selected works created immediately before and after the iconic painting that highlight its generative role in the artist’s oeuvre. Discoveries from recent conservation and archival materials tracing Les Demoiselles’s journey to MoMA are also on view in the gallery and in the mezzanine of The Lewis B. and Dorothy Cullman Education and Research Building.”Continue Reading

Two Pablo Picasso Paintings Stolen

At least two Pablo Picasso paintings have been stolen from the Paris apartment of the grand-daughter of Picasso, Diana Widmaier-Picasso. The works are estimated to be worth more than $60 million US dollars.

They include a 1938 portrait of Pablo’s daughter Maya holding a doll and a portrait of his second wife Jacqueline Roque.Continue Reading