David told the Times newspaper in 2002 that he considers Pablo Picasso “the greatest artist of the past 100 years.”
A child prodigy, today marks the anniversary of his death, age 91, in 1973.
If there are any art lovers reading, I’d like to know if you agree with David and which are your favourite works and/or periods from Picasso’s prolific career as a painter and sculptor. Some of his paintings are featured in the following video.
If you’re not an art lover, still have a read of that Times piece; there are plenty of other likes and dislikes to mull over which might be worthy of future discussions, so let me know which you think are of most interest.
For today, though, I’m more concerned about the issue of child prodigies and the role that often pushy parents play in their development.
You may well have heard about eight-year-old Marla Olmstead, who Time magazine have called a “pint-size Picasso.” She’s been painting since before her second birthday, had sold her first piece of art before her fourth and, inevitably, something of a circus pursued her for a few years afterwards (thankfully, for the sake of her emotional well-being, if not her college fund, global media interest has died down recently). Thousands of dollars have been made from the sale of her paintings, but does it really matter, as long as she’s enjoying herself?
Sceptics suggest that she was, at best, being directed by her amateur-artist father; more extreme critics hint at the possibility that she may not have been responsible for completing her paintings at all. A documentary entitled My Kid Could Paint That followed, which, amongst other things, raises questions about the validity of modern art: couldn’t anyone create these modern ‘masterpieces’?
Here’s the full story, anyway. Decide for yourself.