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Picasso’s Self Portrait Evolution From Age 15 To Age 90
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Picasso’s Self Portrait Evolution From Age 15 To Age 90

To talk about one of the most famous painters of all time Pablo Picasso, we would probably need to write a book, to include all the accomplishments of his long and fruitful life. In a short summary, though, we can say that the Picasso paintings are probably what defines modern art. The father of Cubism and many famous paintings also did draw a fair amount of self-portraits throughout the 91 years of his life.

If you look at this collection of Picasso’s self-portraits and compare the first piece to the last, you’ll find that the two are strikingly different. But if you then compare Picasso’s work from the time he was a young man until the time of his death, some common thread emerges, and you can tell the paintings were done by the same man.

How, then, do we reconcile the following quotation from Pablo Picasso himself: “The different styles I have been using in my art must not be seen as an evolution, or as steps towards an unknown ideal of painting…Different themes inevitably require different methods of expression. This does not imply either evolution or progress; it is a matter of following the idea one wants to express and the way in which one wants to express it.”

Pandas, put your philosophy-of-art hats on. How do you reconcile the two? Can the artist’s understanding of his own work be dismissed?

15 years old (1896)

18 years old (1900)

20 years old (1901)

24 years old (1906)

25 years old (1907)

35 years old (1917)

56 years old (1938)

83 years old (1965)

85 years old (1966)

89 years old (1971)

90 years old (June 28, 1972)

90 years old (June 30, 1972)

90 years old (July 2, 1972)

90 years old (July 3, 1972)

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DropsVlad
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6 years ago

15 years old in 1896. 18 in 1900. but that's not all, 20 years after just a year in 1901, to be 24 five yeas later in 1906, because fuck math.

UrškaGrubar
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6 years ago

Well I was born in 1995 and I'm 20 years old (not 21)... Obviously the paintings were made in different times of the year - before and after he had his birthday in the mentioned years. You can't always just rely on math.

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BleuAndersen
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6 years ago

Brilliant development of self perception and execution of interpretation of self.

MikaEllaMartin
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6 years ago

Picasso be like: f*ck the rules I'll create my own art with my own rules and my own style xD

Blub Blubbedi
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2 years ago

you've got to know the rules to break them and still be good

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DropsVlad
Community Member
6 years ago

15 years old in 1896. 18 in 1900. but that's not all, 20 years after just a year in 1901, to be 24 five yeas later in 1906, because fuck math.

UrškaGrubar
Community Member
6 years ago

Well I was born in 1995 and I'm 20 years old (not 21)... Obviously the paintings were made in different times of the year - before and after he had his birthday in the mentioned years. You can't always just rely on math.

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BleuAndersen
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6 years ago

Brilliant development of self perception and execution of interpretation of self.

MikaEllaMartin
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6 years ago

Picasso be like: f*ck the rules I'll create my own art with my own rules and my own style xD

Blub Blubbedi
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2 years ago

you've got to know the rules to break them and still be good

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