Picasso

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.

Author: FEd

Features Editor of David Gilmour's official blog, The Blog ('Features' previously being its rather naff title), affectionately - or lazily - shortened to 'FEd'.

83 thoughts on “Picasso”

  1. I don’t consider myself an art lover but there is one of Picasso’s that has had a special place in my heart for years. It’s called ‘Maternité’ and it’s just beautiful.

  2. I won’t proclaim to be an art buff but I do appreciate a great canvas. Some of the older paintings you see in historic homes and places such as cathedrals gives you an insight into the times they were created. I suppose they were the camera of the day.

    Kat and I have have just had an oil painting we bought when in a Hong Kong market stretched. It only cost about 40 pounds but it looks great.

    Damian.

  3. Interesting topic FEd!

    I’d never heard of Marla Olmstead before so I don’t know if she has pushy parents or not. I want to find out more! My first thoughts are that it’s good that she’s been encouraged to express herself, but I think most kids could create that type of art if they had the right paints and a big enough canvas.

    Thanks for the links. I really want to see that documentary!

    P.S. I don’t care for modern art. Tracey Emin’s tent with the names of everyone she’s ever slept with written inside is not my idea of art!

  4. My favourite painter is Vincent Van Gogh, especially his eerie lastish painting called ‘The Cornfield’.

    I am also a fan of Hieronymous Bosch.

    1. Ah, ‘The Cornfield’. (Isn’t that Constable?) The time I’ve spent wondering what that lad could be doing beside the river other than drinking.

    2. Unfortunately Van Gogh died at the age of 37 in 1890. If he would have lived as long as Picasso then maybe David would have called Van Gogh as the greatest artist in the last 100 years. Imagine his portfolio if he would have even lived twice as long.

      Thanks.

      Andrew

    3. Please accept my humble apologies, FEd. I gave you the wrong title of the painting. It should have been ‘Cornfield With Crows’. I find it is a rather eerie but wonderful painting. Probably due to it being one of his last paintings.

      Here is a link.

    4. I don’t know Constable, but maybe Julie was referring to Van Gogh’s ‘Cornfield with Crows’ that he painted in Auvers-Sur-Oise (near Paris) a few days before his suicide.

      I visited a few years ago ‘La Maison de van Gogh’ in Auvers and learnt there that he had painted at least ten ‘Cornfields’ in Arles (the most famous being ‘A Cornfield with Cypresses’) or Auvers.

      Here is a link is anyone is interested.

    5. The Cornfield was by Constable, I think the Van Gogh one was called the Crows in the Cornfield.

    6. Please accept my humble apologies, FEd. I gave you the wrong title of the painting. It should have been ‘Cornfield With Crows’.

      My apologies, Julie. ‘Cornfield With Crows’ didn’t register with me at all – and that’s a well-known one.

      I think my favourite of Van Gogh’s is known as ‘Prisoners’ Round’. It’s so delightfully gloomy, don’t you think?

    7. My apologies, Julie. ‘Cornfield With Crows’ didn’t register with me at all – and that’s a well-known one.

      I personally renamed Van Gogh’s painting ‘Cornfield With Crows’ as ‘End of the Road’ due to the fact that it was his last painting before his suicide and also with the road/track and crows symbolism within the painting. I guess, I sort of named in it in a Hipgnosis type of way if that makes sense.

      I think my favourite of Van Gogh’s is known as ‘Prisoners’ Round’. It’s so delightfully gloomy, don’t you think?

      Indeed, it is gloomy and it is full of movement. I love it.

      When I paint, I try and use peaks and troughs with thick applications of paint like Van Gogh. But Van Gogh, I will never be! 😀

  5. Hmmm, “The Old Guitarist” appears in his “Blue” period… coincidence? 😉

  6. I hate to disagree with David, but I don’t agree that Picasso was the greatest. I find Picasso’s paintings ugly and cold, but he was definitely a child prodigy.

    I don’t think Marla Olmstead is anything other than a kid who likes to paint. I could paint some of the things she’s painted! It’s just a case of flicking a brush at a canvas and then moving the paint around with your hands!

    1. YES, I think many children can do a number of things at 3 or 4 but are repressed from doing it. Children are like sponges at an early age and learn very quickly. That is why you have to watch yourself in both your behaviour and what you say in front of children. They mimic extremely well. Some children have better attention spans than others.

      Example, at the age of 4 my daughter could recite for you all of the names of the Presidents of the US. My older one was learning it and she picked it up as well.

      At the early years children are so creative and imaginative that when exposed to concepts like the arts, they can grasp it better than you can. It is also the best time to teach them another language.

      Thanks.

      Andrew

  7. I dont like art, but I know good art when I see it. Went to the art galleries in New York (Museum of Modern Art, etc.) and saw some Picassos. Very nice indeed.

    Happy Days,
    Simon J

  8. I love all art especially the brilliant work from “the masters”. It must have been such a wonderfully creative yet difficult period of time to live in. You can see and almost feel all their personal triumphs as well as their internal struggles as well on the canvas.

    Georges Seurat I enjoy particularly as he gets right to the point… 😉

    1. :)) Very good.

      How long it must have taken him to complete something as detailed as ‘Sunday Afternoon…’.

    2. I also like his pointing, “The Circus”.

      My wife and I actually saw it in person at the MOMA in NYC. She was studying Seurat for an art class she was taking at the time.

      It was remarkable up close, the detail was insane…

      BTW, I call Seurat’s paintings pointings. 😛

  9. Like Julie, I like van Gogh. He has been my favourite painter ever since I was in art school. I feel some sort of kinship with him and the way he saw the world. Also, he was pretty much insane. 🙂

    And Simon, how can you not like art but know good art when you see it? If something is good how can you not like it? I suppose it’s possible, though… Could you apply that concept to food? “Lobster is really good but I don’t like it.” 😛

  10. I would not label Picasso as the greatest artist in the last 100 years. For me I much prefer the work of Dali which I find much more thought provoking with my favorite piece being “Persistence of Memory.” I also think that Edvard Munch had some interesting things going there. Especially “The Scream” which is the way many fans here looked when they missed out on getting tickets to the last Gilmour tour.

    Let’s also not forget that not all artists use canvas to express themselves. I highly regard the work of Henry Cartier-Bresson who expressed himself with a camera and film. Then regarding sculpture, Auguste Rodin is the man with works like “The Thinker” or “The Kiss.”

    I’m also curious as to what some here may think of the work of Warhol.

    Thanks.

    Andrew

    1. I find him more interesting than his paintings and photography, to be honest. I’ve never explored his films or his more theatrical work.

  11. …art happens in the mind of the viewer, I’d say, so that almost each person has his/her own opinion, if not manipulated by media. For me I must recognize some basic craftsman skills to call anything good, therefore a child may show talent but seldom good art…

    Talking about Picasso, I like his drawings more than his other work.

    Best regards,
    Taki

  12. My favourite Picasso is “Girl Before A Mirror”, painted in 1932. It contains power, beauty grace, line and color, and humanity… just like David’s art.

    I also love Picasso’s romantic period which lasted from 1929 through the early 1930s. The paintings from those years were very organic, just like David’s work.

  13. Love art, I have done a lot of drawing in the past, work with stained glass, and currently doing some very creative brick work in the yard. I have several limited edition seriagraphs, 2 from Theodore Giesel (Dr Seuss) and 1 from John Lennon (revised bag one from Yoko).

    The closest thing I have of Picasso’s would be my wife’s Picasso perfume bottle, a line by the grand daughter of Picasso.

    I love all of Picasso’s stuff, but the blue period is fantastic. Those kind of paintings are the ones you can look at forever, and keep reading new things into them.

    I am going to share a story that took place the year he died, but I don’t have enough room in this post for it… it’s good, look below for it.

  14. For me it´s the same as with music, I don´t know if it´s good or bad I only know I like it or I dislike it. Picasso is not my taste, like Julie I prefer van Gogh. I have his Cafe Terrace at Night and The Bridge of Arles on my walls – unfortunately no originals.

    I´m not sure if little Marla is really a big talent, for me her paintings look like many other kids´ paintings. I hope she enjoys to do it and the money is only a nice side-effect.

  15. In 1973 the year Picasso passed away, Paul McCartney and Dustin Hoffman were having dinner together somewhere. Dustin was telling Paul how much he admired the way he was able to write songs, and at how incredible he was at it. Dustin asked Paul how he did it, Paul said “most of the time they just come to me”. Dustin said “really?” and then Dustin asked him if he could write a song right now if he wanted to. Paul said, “ya, sure… I don’t see why not.”

    Dustin told Paul he had been reading an article in Time magazine about Picasso, and told Paul he was a big fan of Picasso’s. He told him Picasso had a strange way of sleeping and eating, one meal a day at midnight and then back to work until 3 in the morning. Before Picasso died he had several guests over for dinner, and one night he gave a toast and said “drink to me, drink to my health, you know I can’t drink any more”. Shortly after that, Picasso was gone forever.

    About a hour after telling that story to Paul, Dustin watched Paul write and play a song he just made up. The song is on “Band on the Run” – “Picasso’s Last Words (Drink to Me)”.

    1. That’s got to be one one of the top 5 (late at night after you’ve had a few) songs of all time.

  16. Without any doubt, Picasso was a great and hugely talented artist, creator of cubism. However, I somehow don’t get him – he doesn’t get under my skin. This is surely my mistake, fault or ignorance.

    My personal favorite painter (these days, it changes!) will be someone like the Danish painter Michael Kvium. (The man has no website, so I can’t send you a link. He can be googled, of course, if anyone cares.)

    As for the young Marla, well, no doubt some children can have an instinctive sense of colours for example. But a true artist is intelligent, aware, her or his works are a result of exploring, searching, experimenting… like the small Picasso-film that you posted, Fed, shows so well. I think.

    Happy Easter, all, and enjoy the holidays, like me. 🙂

  17. An excellent recent series (and book) on “The Power of Art” by Simon Schama is worth checking out… includes the famous “Guernica” by old Pablo himself.

    A powerful study of the chaos of modern war, full of symbolism and raw emotion and prescient of the carnage that would soon follow.

    It’s easy to knock Modern Art, which itself has often been obsessed by its attempt to define and redefine what art actually is…. I’m sure I saw Damien Hirst contend recently that as he is an artist, what he does is art… he pickles therefore he is, perhaps.

    He is, by the way, a fine artist. It’s enough for me that art makes us think. There’s not enough of that around, so provoking thought and discussion can only be good. It’s not about whether a child or a chimp could do it…. that boils down to “craft” and there is some splendid craft about also, but art seeks to, and sometimes (e.g. Picasso) succeeds in showing us a view of the World which is different and challenges us to examine our feelings about it.

    For sheer visual splendour though, it’s hard to beat a bit of Carravagio.

    1. I’m sure I saw Damien Hirst contend recently that as he is an artist, what he does is art… he pickles therefore he is, perhaps.

      I don’t care for ‘conceptual art’ as offered by the likes of Damien Hirst and Tracey Emin. Fine if it makes you think or moves you in some way (I fail to see how it would), yet try as I might I cannot find the beauty – or indeed point – in pickled sheep’s heads and un-made beds. Like the Turner Prize itself, isn’t it just terribly vain, self-indulgent and pretentious?

      Then again, isn’t art in all its forms all these things and more?

    2. Well, far be it from me to offer a defence of “Conceptual art”. I’m not sure any art needs defending and as you say it’s about whether it moves you. It takes a fair amount to move me but it does illicit a response and makes me think… and that’ll do for me.

      “Vain, self-indulgent and pretentious?” Well there’s certainly some of that about, but there’s also a good amount or earnest enquiry, applied technique, envelope pushing and desire to question. Art and commerce have always been bed-fellows and not necessarily uncomfortable ones. Most of the Grand Masters did it for the money. And why not, they might otherwise have resorted to prostitution or banking for a living and then where we would be?

      Art can bring pleasure, and bafflement. It can be glorious or banal. But it is uniquely human (even if we employ the odd chimp) and ultimately enriches us all.

  18. I’m not an art connoisseur, but I tend to prefer modern art just because it allows your imagination to run free.

    As for the story of Marla Olmstead, I think that adult world should let kids be just kids, should not consider them adults when they are only kids and just need to play. So many parents think/hope their kids are gifted and, as you say, are pushy parents. I think it’s not good to always put pressure on young children.

    Also, I find this disgusting that her parents sold her paintings when she was so young and earned money, just taking advantage of her youthful innocence. They acted as if she was a circus monkey.

    Michèle

    1. I think her parents, sensing an opportunity, probably have pushed her in a certain direction. But above all, aren’t they lucky that some people are so gullible, with money to fritter away on the splattered and smeared canvases of a toddler? They must have been laughing all the way to the bank. It’s really not their fault that society needs a new darling to worship every month.

      Having said that, build the poor girl up to knock her down. Isn’t that what we do to all our circus monkeys eventually?

    2. Andrew,

      I hear you. Said urinal (more properly known as “Fountain, 1917” I believe) is proudly exhibited at London’s Tate Modern as a pivotal piece of Modern Art and, ummmmm, clearly divides opinion.

      Can’t say it does much for me, but at some point the question about just exactly what constitutes art, and why, is fundamental and it’s all in the timing and context. Often these “showpiece” exhibits were originally part of a wider installation which offers a broader context to the message.

      It’s important to remember that conceptual art is generally produced (e.g. Hirst, Duchamp) by artists who have produced a wide range of work using various (including traditional) techniques but who have chosen to make statements that provoke us to think about aesthetics, context and form. Or maybe they are just taking the piss?

      I differ with you about Pollock – the key factors are that 1) He did it first and 2) The Monkey’s just wouldn’t be the same. The interesting thing to think about is why that is.

      At the end of the day, all paintings are daubs of disconnected colour organised into shapes and sequences. Some of these end up resembling “the last supper”, some are simple blocks of colour, some seem random and chaotic. But they actually form one, seamless spectrum and somewhere in there you will find beauty and order.

  19. Re: Marla Ormstead… it’s a fascinating question.

    Is a child capable of producing art which has meaning? Would it still be art if the daughter is merely the means of the parent expressing himself? Maybe it’s just an extension of holding the paintbrush himself, but channelled through another medium in the child that brings naivety and a random element. And of course an undertone of manipulation, exploitation, the smell of lucre missed amongst the oils.

    Does art change when you know who produced it? Is this form of free expressive art anything more than “decoration”, something to fill the large empty walls of chic urban lofts?

    Beauty truly is in the eye of the beholder. If you like it, great. If it fails to move you, move on and find something that does. I guess the real test will be whether her art continues to attract attention when she matures and gains independence… an artist tends to be judged by a lifetime’s work.

    Oh and if you think “my daughter could paint that”, then why doesn’t she? You might find it’s not quite as easy as you think.

    1. Tim,

      I think that some just step in sh*t. Just take a look at the work of Jackson Pollock. Interesting but a monkey can do just as well.

      And don’t forget about Minimalist art where someone puts a toilet on display in a museum. Then people gather round and discuss how profound and deep it is.

      Thanks.

      Andrew

  20. I love all forms of art, although rarely have the cashflow to purchase some of them!

    I want to share a link to a short 8 minute video of quite an amazing artist whose works I would like to hang on my walls.

    Click here.

    It reminds me of an ancient Greek saying that if horses could paint, they would paint God in the shape of a horse.

  21. I know next to NOTHING about art. Nothing!! Am not very familiar with Picasso, other than a few pieces that to me look like scribbles.

    But I know what I like. For example, I’m always impressed with the work of Roger Dean who, for example, designed the covers for some of YES’s best known albums. He also designed the logo and record label for HARVEST records, which was Pink Floyd’s home in the USA until Wish You Were Here came out.

    Maurice Sendak, the children’s book illustrator/author, is also quite interesting as an artist.

    But modern art in general? I have an equal appreciation for mud smeared on a canvas, just because I don’t have a frame of reference.

    1. I’m with you again, Dan. Take abstract art, for example, and those bold blocks of colour by Mark Rothko (with such imaginative titles as ‘Black on Maroon’ and my personal favourite, which went for more than $70 million a few years back, ‘Yellow, Pink and Lavender on Rose’). He might as well have used mud for all I can see.

  22. I appreciate some art, Picasso wasn’t one of them. Interesting though. Salvadore Dali is a fave, especially the Clock Picture, reminds me of Time.

    Rodin, I love all his famous statues. Monet and Manet also.

    Have a great Easter weekend everyone.

  23. I’ve got a couple of doors that need a lick of paint (my Door period).

  24. I like art, but I’m not an expert at all, so when I look at a painting or any other work of art I only can use my taste to judge if I like it or not.

    My favourite painters are Kandinskij, Van Gogh and Dalì, but I also like Picasso, especially the cubist and surrealistic periods. I visited the Picasso National Museum in Paris some years ago and there were many paintings I liked. Unfortunately I can’t remember their titles now, I should search for them.

    As for Marla Olmstead, I have to say that I like her paintings. I don’t know any technical details, but I like the way she mixes the colours and the joy she seems to express, taking for granted that she’s the real author.

    I don’t think it’s strange that a little child could have his/her own sense of beauty. Maybe it’s a bit strange that she could be able to use a precise technique to express it, but who knows? Children’s abilities are often a mystery.

    Anyway, what she does it’s nice, but I wouldn’t call it a work of art. Maybe I’m wrong, but a work of art should express more than a simple aesthetic taste. There should be a concept behind it and I don’t think a little child like Marla could have any other intention more than enjoying herself how it’s right to be.

    I can only hope that her family manages the business which is around her paintings, keeping her out from any media interest and let her play with the colours as she likes.

    Sorry for the long comment. 🙂

  25. Last year I went from Salamanca, where I studied, to Madrid for a couple of days, if you haven’t visited the “Reina Sofia”museum yet, you have to. I’ve seen the real “Guernica” and many, many paintings, there is almost everything about Picasso there, he’s one of the artists I like most.

    Best wishes for Easter to David, his family and everybody!

  26. I love Picasso, through every period. By far my favourite artist, too, although it almost sounds a bit like a cliché these days.

    I remember visiting the Fondation Beyerle in Basel two years ago around this time of the year. Standing in front of an early version of Les Demoiselles d`Avignon. I think I spent an hour before the painting. Picasso is simply fascinating.

    Cheers,
    bernhard

  27. Like Picasso’s “Guernica” but my fav would be “Bather with Beach Ball”. As a Surrealist I think he’s rubbish and should have stuck to Cubism. Bring on Magritte I say.

    Lot of discussion on what is and isn’t art and really it is so simple. Art is everything created and viewed as such by us as humans. Thus a mountain is not art, it is nature, but a sculpture or painting of same mountain becomes art. Bad or good doesn’t come into it.

    As for pushy parents, well they could do worse. Sometimes being supportive is misunderstood and rather that way than neglected.

    Happy Easter FEd and everyone.

    Ian 😀

    1. Speaking of the surrealist artist Magritte, the ‘Wish You Were Here’ picture of a man dressed in a black suit, with a bowler hat and no face always made me think of Magritte and his ‘Son Of Man’. See here.

    2. The same for me, Michèle. 🙂

      And the melting clocks in the video of “Time”? Don’t they remind you of Dalì’s “The Persistence of Memory”?

      Many of Storm Thorgerson’s images and artworks have a close connection with surrealism.

    3. And the melting clocks in the video of “Time”? Don’t they remind you of Dalì’s “The Persistence of Memory”?

      Hmm… maybe, but just because you told me… Anyway I’m not a big fan of Dali.

      I remember I read somewhere that Dali had got the idea for his painting of the melting clocks from a piece of Camembert cheese that had turned runny in the heat of a summer day. :))

  28. I remember reading somewhere that the reason Picasso developed Cubism was because he knew he was up against Photography!

    Whenever we go to London we often call in at the National Gallery and take in a few paintings: Vermeer (for his use of light and shadow) and Monet are particular favourites but one I do like is ‘Bird in a Glass Cage’ (I forget the artist). It depicts an experiment depriving a bird oxygen by putting it in a glass cage and gradually withdrawing the oxygen with the scientist surrounded by his family with expressions ranging from horror to a young couple more interested in each other but the painting contains so much detail… and the bird survived! Probably the forerunner of a canary in a coalmine!

    Have a lovely weekend.

    Best wishes, Heather

    1. Heather – that would be “An Experiment on a Bird in the Air Pump” (1768) by Joseph Wright. See here.

      It certainly does grab your attention in the Gallery – a masterpiece in the use of light and a range of reactions to the experiment from dismay to fascinated interest.

  29. I can’t say I’m really into Picasso. I know he was gifted and all that but his work doesn’t really push the buttons for me.

    I like Lowry and Constable but my favourite painting is The Fighting Temeraire by J.W.M Turner, so much so I have a copy of it hanging in my hallway. 😀

    Good topic Fed.

    1. Thanks, Veronica.

      Like you, I prefer a nice landscape – something you can gaze at for ages and get lost in – and I think Constable is one of the finest of such artists. His views of Salisbury cathedral, for example, are spectacular.

      Either that or something stirring, like Turner’s ‘Slave Ship’, which gives a snap-shot of a moment in history.

  30. I still think that Norman Rockwell is an underestimated genius. His work is so alive that you can smell the sawdust.

  31. And this is a perfect canvas for you, FEd. Click here.

    I’m sure you love her Phrygian cap, her red flag and her pointy stick. :))

    Have a nice Easter break.

    Michèle

    1. I’m a little perturbed at why the figure bottom left seems to have been robbed of his trousers – and indeed one sock.

      All’s fair in love and war I suppose, but a little decorum please?

  32. I think he achieved an intellectual plateau with his art. So, in terms of artistic trajectory, he was able to provide an angle.

    However, I don’t believe his art provided a plateau.

  33. My favorite is… umm… ahh… :v

    Oh – I love the flower girl! What’s her name… umm… ahh… Oh – Georgia O’Keefe.

    And, I also like the lizard guy! Mauk Escher. 😛

  34. Every tragedy is the same. But often, those close to us are experienced in a different way.

    The death count in the moment I am writing is 273. 273 people dead while they were sleeping in their houses.

    I read in these days that in the phone book of California it is written ” there will always be earthquakes in California”. You can say the same of my country, Italy.

    Sometimes the earth shakes, destroying everything human beings created and showing She is the real master of everything.

    When I see mass tragedies like this, that are probably happening in this moment in some other places of the world, I just think that everything is vain. We consume our life in empty ways, many times. We act like we are forever. We act as we have time, all the time of the world. But it is not so. Many human beings follow only their vanity. We are full of our vanity. But we do not have much power over life and death. We should live, live… live!!!!!

    Sometimes I think we should live every day like it’s the last one.

    1. I share your despondency, mate. It seems like another of nature’s reality checks. How many more do we need?

      I’ll wake up tomorrow morning – God, or good fortune, willing – and will no doubt allow myself to be irritated by the most pointless, inconsequential things. The sad pictures from Italy show us that none of it matters.

      Maybe it’ll actually sink in one of these days.

  35. Hi, me again.

    Have we discussed album covers here? Are they a form of art! I would say so, especially Pink Floyd covers and not forgetting Dark Side Of the Moon.

    Food for thought, I’m off to Ireland sat for some fishing and Guinness, staying with Kat’s family who are all Man U mad, and I’m a Liverpool fan – what happened Wednesday Fed?

    Kind regards to all have a grrrrreat Easter,
    Damian

    1. What happened? I wish I knew, but it did remind me why my heart’s in my mouth every time we concede a corner.

      Have a lovely time in Ireland and don’t take any lip from those United fans. Just hold up four fingers on one hand and one finger (no, it doesn’t have to be that one) on the other. It works on two levels.

  36. Love many different artists and different styles, but not very educated in the arts. Just know what I like: Mantegna, Rembrandt, Chagall, Van Gogh, Vermeer, Michelangelo, Adami, Monet, John Singer Sargent, David (no not Gilmour), Khalo (can’t think of her husband who was a great painter and muralist), Titian to name a few. Do have strong likes and dislikes though.

    Do not care a lot for Picasso or El Greco or Bosch or Dahli. Am tired of the religious paintings although some are incredible. I am thinking of mainly all the small oils I saw in Italy. Enjoy Hopper and some of the wonderful Japanese woodblock prints and their silkscreens of trees.

    I view photographers as artists along with Mucha, Tiffany, Noguchi, Nakashima (furniture), Venetian glass blowers. Much of what I like is in the beauty of the color as well as subject.

    Afraid I don’t care for or understand some of the ‘modern’ art that looks mainly like my garbage bin on a bad day.

    Love the subject. Drove me mad, though, as I can’t think fast enough for this.

    Jan

  37. I am one of those art lovers 8| and at one time Picasso was my favorite. I noticed as I got older, his style began to wear on me. It’s a bit too fractured or maybe I’m a bit too fractured. Anyway, I developed a great love for the Impressionists (who are out of favor with everyone but myself, from what I hear). I especially love Sisley and Pissarro. Recently, I warmed up to Caillebotte. And, of course, Monet.

    I’ve always believed that if you like it, it’s good art. It’s just like music that way.

    I can do without most modern art, i.e. soup cans and urinals. But some of it is very good. I still enjoy looking, just on the chance I might see something I really like.

  38. Hi FEd,

    How are you doing? I hope your week has been lovely.

    Picasso is great, but as with most things there are a few of his paintings that I could do without.

    I actually prefer the Impressionists, especially artists such as Van Gogh, Cezanne, Manet, Monet, etc.

    I was lucky enough to view the Impressionist art tour last year at the Houston Fine Arts Museum. It was truly breathtaking.

    Penny 🙂

  39. Huh? And not one mention of Gerald Scarfe? Or does an artist have to be dead to be considered great?

    I just love his work and some is quite reasonably priced.

    Thanks.

    Andrew

  40. I don’t know much about the famous artist past or present in this world, but I do love some art.

    When we go to flea markets or local yard sales I always look for oil paintings to purchase that have been painted by just everyday folks like me.

    I have a small collection of these paintings that I consider priceless. I have paid just a few cents to a few dollars for some very heart warming items for my home. Most of them are of flowers or scenery and I think they are very unique. I don’t care too much for just a blending of colors on a canvas. I want to see something I can place myself in, like a cotton field, old barn, or a bed of flowers.

    Oh, to have this talent! I envy people that can put on canvas parts of the world that they see in their minds. An artist can be living right next door to you and you not even know it. What a wonderful thing!

    Barbara P

  41. Hello.

    I’m not into modern art and prefer art that depicts landscapes or historical/ancient people or places. My favorite is The Arnolfini Portrait, by Jan Van Eyck, in the National Gallery – incredible place, I want to take my kids there someday.

    Hope all is well. 🙂

    Christine

  42. Two words: Wassily Kandinsky.

    (Post-script. c 1866-1944. He combined Impressionism with Expressionism to create what became known as Abstract Expressionism, which came to be known as Abstraction.)

  43. I find GUERNICA a real master piece. Although… I would suggest SALVADOR DALI as the greatest artist of the past 100 years.

  44. I’m more fond of Norman Rockwell paintings but would not question that Picasso could be the best artist of the past 100 years. While Rockwell paintings were centered around American subjects and Picasso European, I would give the nod to Picasso on abstract to riches. I do think Rockwell’s paintings would be an excellent investment.

  45. David knew Picasso’s son Claude who lived in Cambridge in the Sixties and was a good friend of Syd Barrett.

  46. Few years ago I was buying a car, and the final reason to choose “one of the few” was a name: Citroen Xsara Picasso. Really… :))

    I did well, it’s still mine, I like it a lot and it has Pablo’s signature. 😀

  47. Speaking of Van Gogh, I just came across – via Classic 21 – a song by Bob Dylan which would be called ‘Spuriously Seventeen Windows (The Painting by Van Gogh)’??? – Very interesting. It’s beautiful, but it doesn’t seem to be a finished recording.

    Seeing as you are a Dylan fan, please, do you know more about the story of this song, if it has been officially released and where I could find the lyrics? What an odd title, too…

    1. Never officially released, it’s a recording from 1966, sometimes called ‘Positively Van Gogh’. You probably know as much about it now as I do. It’s a shame he didn’t return to it, as I agree that it’s beautiful.

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