Posts Tagged ‘Picasso’

Fauvists and Cubists (poem)

November 3, 2018

The Fauvists
liberated color;
the Cubists
liberated shape!

My Picasso “Jacqueline on Horseback after Velazquez” 3/10/59

October 13, 2015

This year I bought a copy of a Picasso Print.
The first thing that comes to mind with Picasso is scary monsters or shattered tormented faces.  This is the other side of his work.  I liked it because its very elegant, but also very busy, colorful, charming, and fresh looking.  It shows his wife Jacqueline as the horse rider in a copy of a painting by Velazquez.

Here is a copy of it, for sale, on ebay. This is the only copy I could find on the net.

The Great Divide in Art

March 13, 2014


There is a great divide in art. It’s been going on for over 100 years. It’s time to end it.

The first major divide in modern art was when the Impressionists broke away from the French Salon and it’s type of painting. From then to now, there has been an understood divide in art that implies that

somehow realism is old fashioned (and can’t develop) while a more abstract or free form in art is the only thing that should be considered modern and up to date (though it can become just as generic, stilted, and conservative, as the salon art it first rebelled against!)

Let’s look at three examples of this art divide:


On the Salon side there were artists such as William-Adolphe Bouguereau. Bouguereau painted realistically, with some exquisite nudes and portraits of young women. But many of his works, though technically excellent, were somewhat stilted, and formulaic.
On the other side were the Impressionists such as Monet, Renoir, and Degas. Their works were a breath of fresh air from the conservative Salon. They were full of vivid color, and the charm of every day life; though at times they were sketchy and their work seemed sloppy, or unfinished.

MATISSE AND PICASSO versus …. just about everybody!
Matisse and Picasso were on the front lines of art that shocked. The first was a ‘wild beast’ and the second was a ‘cubist’. The world around them was barely catching up to accepting the Impressionists, and they had hardly even heard of the post-impressionists, who got their recognition much too late.
Luckily both Matisse and Picasso had long lives, and that allowed them to break a lot of rules, bring a lot of vibrant change to art, and become the two most celebrated painters of their century. Though in fairness not all of their experiments worked, and often we praise what they could do at their best and excuse the rest.

Here the art divide was very wide. On the modern, and up to date side, were Duchamp who wrote his own rules for painting, or in the case of readymades, no painting at all. Duchamp in turn, certainly had an influence on the later art movement called Conceptual art , where the concept was the art. And too there was Pollack who was known for his action paintings where he would throw, splatter, or drip, painting on a canvas on the floor.
But many more traditional viewers just shook their heads at all these art experiments, and preferred the humorous story paintings of Norman Rockwell, or the subtle but realistic landscapes and portraits of Andrew Wyeth. (And don’t forget other schools of realism like the Ashcan school, whose subjects, average people, were a little too real for the public; or photorealists, who painted as exact as the photos they painted from.)

So things are muddled, it’s kind of confusing, but which side was right? Here’s my answer:

I love art, and I love painting. But I love BOTH kinds of painting. I am an artist. And I’ve done art all across the divide, from realism to conceptual art and I love doing it all.

I appreciate technical excellence when it’s used to make a great painting – part of the fun of painting is to find a painter with great technical skill – but I also appreciate the freedom that allows innovative artists to take art into new areas that the rest of us could not even imagine. Why do I have to take sides when I like, no love, both sides?

Modern artists have had to fight the traditionalists to get fair respect. I understand that. But at some point that division into ‘us’ or ‘them’, may go too far, and those on the supposed cutting edge have become so insular and isolated that they forgot to acknowledge and appreciate the achievements of the past and the other half of their contemporaries. Why is it either or or? Why can’t both sides be appreciated – specially at this point in time when we’ve just finished the trek from realism to conceptual art.

History of ART in three sentences:
Art went from total structure in realism (painting exactly as is) to total freedom in conceptual art (painting rules invented by the artist). OK, we’ve gone through the complete range. Now instead of being stuck in only one or the other – total realism, or total choice and concept – we have the choice to do either, or anything in between, or all of the above.

Those lines in the definition of the History of Art above, also define a big part of the new Postmod Art, a new type of art that is all inclusive.

The new art called Postmod art, among other things, calls for an end to the great divide in art. Now both types of painting are just fine – and so is any type of art in between.

Let’s shift the emphasis. Instead of two different camps in a great divide, fighting each other; let’s emphasize quality and innovation in whatever art you do. Then the future is open to all, and we will have a period of real vitality in art again.



There is a second great divide in art. This divides art into style or substance. Like the first divide, the new art says both are valid, and neither is more right or more modern.

Style: The subjects can be anything: portraits, still lifes, landscapes, etc. But what stands out is the style of the painting. The 20th century ushered in all kinds of style arts ‘isms’. Here are the main ones:
1. Impressionism
2. Pointillism
3. Fauvism
4. Cubism
5. Abstraction
6. Photo Realism

Substance: This type of art covers all subjects too. But what is key is the thought or substance behind the art. During the 20th century the vanguard of modern art seemed to bounce back and forth from Style to Substance and back. Then too some areas of the world favored one over the other. Major schools of substance art included:
1. Expressionism
2. Dadaism
3. Surrealism
4. Conceptual Art
5. Pop Art.


More on  Postmod Art at

Box of Art (Why Mass Market Paintings, Part 2)

March 5, 2014

Part of Postmod Art, or the revolution in painting, is the mass production of paintings or gliclees” on canvas. They can be made so exact that you could line up 4 copies and the original on the wall – all of them in the same frame – and no one could tell which is the original.

Let painting join the other mass marketed arts: lit/books, film/dvd, music/records. Then it too will become as popular as books, films and records.

But more than once people have read my ideas and replied to me, that somehow the original painting is the only version worthy. And that somehow displaying exact copies is cheating the viewer! The biggest reason is that the artist’s hands never touched the copies! Original paintings should not be copied and the original should be viewed only in museums or somebody’s mansion.

Here is my response to that:

First I say, as an artist, I would love this. I already make color copies of my smaller works and share them with anyone interested. I love holding on to the original while sharing copies. What artist wouldn’t?

Then if that doesn’t sway, I suggest that most paintings in museums are hidden in the vaults where no one ever sees them. A very small percentage of works that museums own are displayed at any one time. Why not copy those and share the copies? The museum can protect the originals while the copies go on the road! Sure would help the museums finance their collections.

Then if they STILL hold to the idea that somehow the original painting is more magical than copies – so much more so that copies are an outrage – I say this.

OK critic. I’m going to give you a BIG BOX OF ART, full of some of the best art in the world. If this box of art was sold at auction it would be worth millions of dollars with each item, by itself, worth from about 100,000 to 1 million or more. That alone suggests that each work is a valuable work of art prized by the world’s art lovers. Would you like that gift?

Here is a list of the contents of the BIG BOX OF ART:

1. Black and white, fine prints by:

2. Color, fine prints by:
Japanese Woodblock Prints (10 assorted artists)

3. Photographic prints by:

4. Sculptures in multiple castings by

5. And on top

Assorted Picasso pottery plates, and vases; assorted Toulouse–Lautrec posters; AND One copy of Marcel Duchamp’s Box in a Valise (box of 69 miniature replicas and printed reproductions of the original)

Nice box of art right? Some of the best artists of all time right? Some of their best work,..

But wait a minute, remember what the critic says: works not touched by the artists hands are not worthy, and that multiple copies of paintings are not acceptable. Sorry critic, all these works of art are copies! No box of art for you!

Maybe this example helps open minds to how great the art revolution of mass produced, exact, painting copies, can be! We will always have the originals. Now we can share copies with all the world!

*Gliclee definition: giclée (zhee-clay) n. 1. a type of digital fine-art print. 2. Most often associated with reproductions; a giclée is a multiple print or exact copy of an original work of art that was created by conventional means (painting, drawing, etc.) and then reproduced digitally, typically via inkjet printing. First use in this context by Jack Duganne in 1991, Los Angeles, California (from limitededitonprints)


The Quizzicals Rise up Again!

January 25, 2014

The answer to, and winner (if any) for, our last contest question of:
Two non Jewish artists were forbidden to exhibit in Occupied France by the Nazis. One was Picasso. Who was the other?

IS: Fernand Leger
I had no correct eligible answers. Seems you were beyond square on this one – you were downright cubey! I don’t dumb down so please wise up.

Now on to a new Q.: Win a copy of my NEW cd CALLED ‘30′! – (first anti-band CD) or my NEWER cd CALLED ‘NEXT”(‘06) or my NEWEST cd CALLED ‘THIRDS” (May ‘07) or my MORE NEWEST cd Called “FOUR-TH” (‘08) or my MOST NEWEST cd CALLED ‘5-TH (Nov.’09) or my MORE NEWEST NEWEST cd CALLED ’6-TH’(Feb ’12)( one of the 6 CD set). (has them all plus videos and more) if you are the first to E-MAIL ME AT THIS ADDRESS: tom-hendricks @ blanks of course) with the correct answer to this art question.
DEDICATION: These contests are dedicated to my sister, Peggy, who answered more of the questions correctly than anyone else.

FINE PRINT: The CD prize is only available to those with mailing addresses in the US. Foreign winners will have to settle for the miniscule fame alone, and the satisfaction of a job well done. But don’t forget you can listen to all the music on the website, whether you won or lost – and I’d be glad if you did!

Name who said this, “Steven Hawking’s a genius and he talks like a robot. It’s everything I’ve ever wanted in a friend.” Good luck!

Readers, IF you like these puzzles and would like to resend them to friends, post them on any newsgroup, or any website, please do so. The more the merrier! For tons of past quizzes go to, the musea website at or the Musea blog at And don’t forget the music/videos at (all my videos)

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