The Salt Design 2018 Calendar is here – a homage to our most loved modern artists and art movements.
“I paint objects as I think them, not as I see them.”
– Pablo Picasso
I think it’s pretty safe to say that Picasso is one of the all-time greats! You would be hard pressed to find someone who hasn’t heard of this legendary artist.
Born in Spain in 1881, Pablo Picasso spent his early years drawing and painting and showed an extraordinary talent. Under the tuition of his father, who was both an artist and Professor of Fine Arts, Picasso flourished and went on to have long and prolific career. Although most well-known for co-founding the Cubist movement, he also went through periods of painting classical, neoclassical, African-inspired, surrealist and neo-expressionist styles. He was also a sculptor, printmaker, ceramicist, poet and playwright, and continued to produce art right up until his death in 1973, at the age of 92.
With such a prolific career, it’s not surprising so many other artists were inspired by Picasso’s work. Pop Artist, Roy Lichtenstein, acknowledges that Picasso was a huge influence on his early work, claiming “I was always afraid of looking like Picasso. The more I tried to evade his influence, the more self-conscious the paintings got and the more evident was the source.” Jackson Pollack was another artist who took inspiration from Picasso, with his use of bold colour and abstract symbols. Camille Walala, a modern day designer and artist, draws on the bright colours and heavy lines of Picasso’s later work, as well as referencing cubism through many of her designs.
Needless to say, the world of art has benefited greatly, not just from Picasso’s own work, but those he has and continues to influence.
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1. Les Demoiselles d’Avignon, 1907. 2. The Old Guitarist, 1903. 3. Chicago Picasso, 1967. 4. Painter and Model, 1928 MoMA. 5. Girl Before A Mirror, 1932. 6. Roy Lichtenstein – Girl With Beach Ball III, 1977. 7. Roy Lichtenstein – Femme au Chapeau. 8. Camille Walala Print. 9. Jackson Pollock – The Water Bull, 1946.