Picassos Expressionism and Perception of the World

There are many Art enthusiasts who still look down upon Expressionism. They state the use of angular extremes and bold colors to represent everyday sceneries or items is not true Art. The overstated claim that an Expressionistic Artist simply lacks the talent is proven wrong by one man in particular. Pablo Picasso is an Artist who was well advanced beyond his years. He is mostly known for his Cubism and Surrealism painting styles. This is largely due to the fact they rightly stand out in a crowd.

The characteristics were famed for their contemporary interpretations. The truth is, Picasso is more than a figurative painter. The colors he used are subdued and realistic to his query. At the young age of eight years old, his first painting, The Picador was a strong inclination of his depth and talent. He sketched drawings and painted through many different periods of his life.

Picasso’s Periods:


Picasso had a keen sense of Realism with a hint of Impressionistic techniques. His works were so phenomenal, they were graced across many Artistic classifications. Science and Charity, Portrait of the Artists Mother and  Alicante Saw the Boat are prime examples that disprove a skeptics theory.

Blue Period

When he learned of his friend’s death, Picasso began to paint with a blue hue. When he started this period, it began as a slow inclusion of color. He stated Blue is the color of all colors which became evident as this period progressed. The Portrait de Jaime Sabartes marked the start of Picassos Blue period in 1901.

Rose Period

Although the Rose period only lasted a few years, Picasso demonstrated more lively subjects than his previous Blue theme. Tones and undertones of rose red and pink were indicated with an expressive style. He seemed to prefer people in roles similar to The Actor and Acrobat on a Ball. A brief trip to Spain brought him to his next Artistic muse.

African Period

The Portrait of Gertrude Stein was the first step to a figurative way of painting. After multiple attempts to capture the essence of the writer, it was completed with a fantastical twist to the original concept. He found inspiration in archaic African Art. The magic of ancient wisdoms and to see what is underneath the visible became his goal. He added a dimensional illusion that led into new era of Art.

Cubism, Surrealism and Classicism

Picasso had no interest of having a title that denoted a specific style. Stepping out of the lifelike trends, his Artwork began to display a Surreal form to his themes. Colors, angles and deeper meanings became the new and modern Picasso.

His later years were balanced with all of his prior periods. Through the war and after, he altered his style slightly to determine the mood of the times. Pablo Picasso is a defined Artist who has no definition. His brush would go whichever way his heart went which in retrospect is the true meaning of Art.