There are few masters of art that leave the type of impression which is experienced through Picasso paintings. Each piece of art represents a time and place with a reality experienced first through the artist and then through the viewer.
Les Desmoiselles d’Avignon – (The Brothel of Avignon) Perhaps one of the more famous of the Picasso paintings, the Spanish artist created this masterpiece in 1907. Portraying five female prostitutes in the nude, this work has always been quite controversial. However, the artist created the piece without truly depicting femininity in the traditional sense. In fact, two of the models are evident of the African period, and all seem quite menacing and confrontational.
La Lecture de la Lettre – (Reading the Letter) Picasso paintings depict a transitioning from one style to the next. Changing from Cubism to Classicism resulted in beautiful work, which was completed around the time associated with the birth of one of the artist’s children. In this masterpiece, two children read a letter together, with one’s oversized hand over his sibling’s shoulder, seeming to offer some protection. Downcast eyes relay a sense of sadness at what the two are reading. This is one of the Picasso paintings which were not discovered until after Picasso died.
There are a multitude of popular Picasso paintings throughout the world including Family of Saltimbanques, Garcon a la pipe, Boy Leading a Horse, The Three Dancers, The Old Guitarist, and The Weeping Woman. Each artistic creation is a masterpiece, taking a look at reality and feelings as experienced through an emotional and very real artist.