Pablo Picasso's paintings are not easily understood by some people.
Conceivably, I may be artistically challenged, or perhaps one has to be chemically enhanced to truly understand Pablo Picasso's paintings, but I just do not comprehend them. His paintings hang in museums all over the world.
Honestly, couldn't my 10-year-old grandson paint pictures similar to Pablo Picasso? You may disagree with that evaluation, but I have truly tried to visualize what others see in his work, and have tried to understand why his paintings are so valued.
Personally, I believe that when a viewer is reflecting upon art, the work should speak, should make one think, or should bring peaceful beauty to the viewer’s eyes. When I look at Picasso's portraits, all I see are memories of I remember my younger days in the 1970's and the occasional psychedelic experiment.
What I see in Picasso's artwork are various lines, which are connected to each other, and shapes that show up in the paintings as though they were just an afterthought to fill in a blank spot on his canvas. I observe swerved and curvy lines that seem to say "Don't mind us, we exist here just to fill up a page."
So what do you think? Am I artistically challenged and just cannot see the "beauty" in his work? Is it that I am too unaware, or not modern enough, to genuinely know valued art?
In the early 20th century, when Picasso’s popularity was peaking, a new liberation was rising all over the world. Possibly, the roaring 20's, or the new booming industrialized nations, were springboards for his paintings so they were seen as something new and modern for the times.
A Picasso biography states that the women in his life greatly influenced his paintings. If so, he must have had some considerably tumultuous relationships, as his art all looks angry to this viewer.
Picasso was said to have also been highly politically active. I am sorry Mr. Picasso, but had you been painting in a political environment as we have today, I believe that your paintings may have been seen as a cry for help. Most likely you would have received some "intervention" before you hurt someone. Your painting entitled "Friendship" rather looks as though you may have been inspired by that thought.
One of his more famous paintings, "Guernica" seems to scream of a great deal of insanity.
I once painted Picasso-like images on a kitchen wall after the color I had painted on it became a seriously darker shade. Out came the angry paintbrush, and the wall became crisscrossed with bright red paint. It may have sold for a great amount of money, had I painted it on a canvas, or if my name had been Picasso.
Pablo Picasso Biography- Biography.com