Pablo Picasso art

Pablo Picasso art: Three musicians (1921)

Cubism was an artistic style pioneered by Picasso and his friend and fellow painter Georges Braque.

In Cubist paintings, objects are broken apart and reassembled in an abstracted form, highlighting their composite geometric shapes and depicting them from multiple, simultaneous viewpoints in order to create physics-defying, collage-like effects. At once destructive and creative, Cubism shocked, appalled and fascinated the art world.

The Spanish artist Pablo Picasso has portrayed himself and his close friend, the poet Guillaume Apollinaire (gee-OHM ah-po-lee-nair), as popular characters from European theater and carnival traditions. Apollinaire, who had recently died of wounds he received in World War I and an illness, appears in the center as Pierrot (pee-air-oh), a mime, playing a clarinet. On the left, Picasso depicts himself with a violin under his chin, wearing a Harlequin (clown) costume covered with bright red and yellow triangles, the colors of the Spanish flag. A third friend, the poet Max Jacob, is dressed in the traditional brown robe of a monk, holding an accordion in one hand and a glass in the other. Picasso painted Three Musicians soon after the men’s close friendship ended due to Apollinaire’s death and Jacob’s decision to enter a monastery.

Pablo Picasso art: This abstract style of painting, known as Cubism, resulted from Picasso’s innovative experiments depicting people and objects from different angles while using simple shapes.

In Three Musicians, he painted the shapes to look like layers of cut and pasted paper, a technique known as collage. He placed the figures in a shallow, stagelike space, perhaps influenced by the theater sets and costumes he was designing at the time. Like memories, some shapes are filled with dark, dull colors or are partially hidden, while others are bright and bold, perhaps expressing the artist’s longing for the happy, fun-filled days that he, Apollinaire, and Jacob had spent together.

Dimension: 53,3×60 cm
Painting Technique: Oil painting
Painting style: Cubism and Surrealism
Picture name: Three musicians

Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) Cubism, Surrealism, Spanish painter, Sculptor, Printmaker, Graphics