Maternity – Pablo Picasso

Maternité (1909)
Pablo Picasso, Maternity, 1909, Oil on Canvas

“If someone could ever discover what unexpectedly makes a painting special -this very painting among so many others- then the question about artistic creation would have been answered and we would only have to create successful paintings.”

Reference book: PICASSO P., (2002), Σκέψεις για την Τέχνη, Athens: Printa (Picasso’s Thoughts on Art, translated from Greek into English by me)

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Bather Opening a Cabin – Pablo Picasso

Bather opening a cabin (1928)
Pablo Picasso, Bather Opening a Cabin, 1928, Oil on Canvas

“I really like keys, I think they’re something really important for someone to have. In fact, keys haunt me. In my bathers’ series there is always a door that they try to open with a big key.”

Reference book: PICASSO P., (2002), Σκέψεις για την Τέχνη, Athens: Printa (Picasso’s Thoughts on Art, translated from Greek into English by me)

Woman with Folded Arms – Pablo Picasso

Woman with Folded Arms (1901-02)
Pablo Picasso, Woman with Folded Arms, 1901-02, Oil on Canvas

“Ultimately, all arts come to the same conclusion: we can describe a painting with words, as we can paint feelings within a poem. Blue -what’s the meaning of blue? There are thousands states that we call “blue”. We can talk about the blue of a pack of “Galoises”… in this case we can say that somebody’s eyes are of “Galoises” blue colour or, instead, we can say that a steak is blue, when in fact it’s red, as we do in Paris. That’s what I used to do when I’d try to write poetry.”

Reference book: PICASSO P., (2002), Σκέψεις για την Τέχνη, Athens: Printa (Picasso’s Thoughts on Art, translated from Greek into English by me)

Field with Poppies – Vincent van Gogh

Field with Poppies (1888)
Vincent van Gogh, Field with Poppies, 1888, Oil on Canvas

Arles, May 1888

February 19th, 1888, van Gogh quits Paris and moves to Arles, were he expected to find “yet more colour, yet more sun”. Besides looking for a new source of inspiration, Vincent wanted to create an artistic cooperative that would support (financially and psychologically) every painter that was excluded from the official art world.

During his stay in Arles, at the Yellow House, Vincent created some of his most recognizable paintings, such as Vincent’s Bedroom in Arles (1888), Café Terrace at Night (1888) as well as Starry Night over the Rhone (1888) an overture of his prominent Starry Night (1889).

Reference book: BRUG A. (2004), van Gogh, Munich: Prestel

Head of a Prostitute – Vincent van Gogh

Head of a Prostitute (1885)
Vincent van Gogh, Head of a Prostitute, 1885, Oil on Canvas

Antwerp, December 1885

At the end of  1885, aged thirty-three, van Gogh moves to Antwerp, seeking an urban environment and the company of fellow artists. In January 1886 he sits the entrance exam for the advanced classes at the École des Beaux-Arts and when he found out about his rejection, he was unperturbed. Inspired by Peter Paul Rubens and Frans Hals, he creates a series of superb and lively portraits, characterised by his rapid technique. Urban motifs in the city’s port and the hectic activity of the stevedores and sailors appealed to him and were his main themes.

Reference book: BRUG A. (2004), van Gogh, Munich: Prestel