first communion pablo picasso
Such an active and ambitious young artist could not but be interested in the means of expressiveness and iconographic schemes used by the great masters of the past: this kind of “food” for his personal creative growth, being digested almost beyond recognition, gradually formed Picasso’s artistic personality. Many years later, the author of many articles and books about the master Pierre Dax, who knew Picasso for more than a quarter of a century, asked him if he was sorry that he had painted pictures like the “First Communion”. And Picasso answered him: “Do not be mistaken, for me then it was very important.”
Weeping Woman by Pablo Picasso In 1937, while working on the famous “Guernica”, Picasso painted several paintings depicting the head of a sobbing woman. One of the figures “Guernica” represents a sobbing woman with a.
4. “The First Communion” was Picasso’s entry into the official artistic world. He presented it at the Third Exhibition of Fine Arts and Artistic Industries in 1896.
6. Picasso’s good friend Guillaume Apollinaire, a poet, was arrested on suspicion of stealing the “Mona Lisa” (discussed in a previous edition of Feel Art Again) from the Louvre in 1911. Apollinaire, in turn, pointed the finger at Picasso, who was also brought in for questioning. Both were later exonerated.
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The painting did not win any medals but received an “Honorable Mention” albeit the critics were not happy with the way Picasso had depicted the woman’s hand which lies limply at the side of the bed. The dark coated doctor at the bedside symbolises learning, literature and science whilst the religous nun symbolises all that is good, succour and charity. Although put up for sale in Madrid the work was not sold and Picasso and his father presented the work as a gift to Picasso’s Uncle Don Salvador Ruiz whilst spending their summer vacation with his family. The painting is now housed at the Picasso Museum in Barcelona.
Science and Charity by Picasso (1897)
Plate 5 shows all the structure together. Here we can see that a very young Picasso is not simply painting what he sees. He is building for effect.
There is an ongoing debate about this kind of analysis in art…