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Diabolical Oath Of Allegiance.....By Pablo Picasso!

Updated: Jun 17

Pablo Ruiz Picasso, 25 October 1881 – 8 April 1973, was a Spanish painter, sculptor, printmaker, and ceramicist, As one of the most influential artists of the 20th century, Picasso achieved universal renown for his revolutionary artistic accomplishments and became one of the best-known figures of the 20th century.

This article would focus on the most three remarkable features of Picasso's Art, which evoke him to become one of the most famous artists of the 20th century.

Picasso's Art Versatility

"The exceptional ability of Picasso to represent Art from an innovative perspective."

The versatility of Picasso's artworks in terms of style(Cubism, expressionism ….), techniques, and subjects' expression is obvious, indicating "The exceptional ability of Picasso to represent Art from an innovative perspective."

The Old Guitarist 1903
The Old Guitarist 1903

The Old Guitarist was painted in 1903, just after the suicide death of Picasso's close friend, Casagemas. During this time, Picasso's main focus was on representing the miseries of the poor, the ill, and those cast out of society. This bent and sightless man holds close to him a large, round guitar. Its brown body represents the painting's only shift in color. Both physically and symbolically, the instrument fills the space around the solitary figure, who seems oblivious to his blindness and poverty as he plays.

At the time the Old Guitarist was made, literature of the Symbolist movement included blind characters who possessed powers of inner vision. The thin, skeleton-like figure of the blind musician also has roots in art from Picasso's native country, Spain. The old man's elongated limbs and cramped, angular posture recall the figures of the great 16th-century artist El Greco.

Girl with a Mandolin  1910
Girl with a Mandolin 1910

Girl with a Mandolin is a 1910 painting within the Cubist movement by Pablo Picasso in Paris. The artwork was one of Picasso’s early Analytic Cubist creations.

Pablo Picasso, 1918, Portrait d'Olga dans un fauteuil (Olga in an Armchair)
Pablo Picasso, 1918, Portrait d'Olga dans un fauteuil (Olga in an Armchair)

Return to Picasso's Spanish roots is significant with this stunning figurative portrait of the Ballets Russes ballerina, Olga Koklova, soon to become his first wife, he reinstates traditional realistic, aesthetic methods to contemplate the beauty and its relationship to art.

In the painting Olga with an innocent beautiful face looking at the viewer. The wonderfully painted backdrop of the chair and the colorful, half-opened fan mitigate the severity of the black clothing and tight black hair, the painting almost seems unfinished.

Picasso's Composition Mastery

"The Perfect Composition Of The Sleeping Peasants Artwork by Pablo Picasso."

Composition is the arrangement of elements constituting a work of art. It’s how the artist arranges shapes, colors, and lines to create a pleasing effect. A good painting composition can make a painting look effortless, while a bad one can make it look chaotic and unappealing.

An artwork indeed starts with composition and ends with composition, the artist can skip using a wide palette of colors or remarkable techniques and still can produce a masterpiece, but the artist can not skip planning a good composition.

Pablo Picasso, 1919, Sleeping Peasants, gouache, watercolor and pencil on paper, 31.1 × 48.9 cm
Pablo Picasso, 1919, Sleeping Peasants, gouache, watercolor and pencil on paper, 31.1 × 48.9 cm

A good composition is one where the artist controls the movement of the viewer's eye, the utilization of the canvas two-dimensional space simply emphasizes the control of the artist over his tools, A strong composition could be done by a number of means, such as reinforcing the focal point with the Rule of Thirds, implied lines, the contrast of value, and selective color saturation.

Having a close look at Sleeping Peasants artwork by Pablo Picasso, The painting's composition is perfectly planned, the interaction between the main subjects and the secondary subjects in the artwork was as it should be, the motion of the hands, and the facial expressions emphasize Picasso's mastery in delivering state of the Sleeping Peasants to the viewers.

Occult Philosophy Behind Picasso's Art

"Picasso's friendship with Max Jacob"

"Picasso swearing a diabolical oath of allegiance"

With the rise of the occult theosophical movement in the late 19th century and the beginnings of the 20th century, the secret doctrine written by Helena Blavatsky was the foundation of this occult philosophy, the abstraction forerunners like Hilma Af Klint, Kandinsky, and Piet Mondrian were announced to be the reflection of this occult theosophical society on the Art movement, but what about Piccaso?

Picasso first got to know Jacob (Max Jacob, Jewish poet, painter, critic, and occultist 1876-1944), after he had left an admiring notice at the Vollard Gallery in Paris where Picasso was exhibiting in 1901. They soon became close friends.

After Picasso and Max Jacob, Picasso draw a pencil drawing, a nude Self-Portrait (1902-3) that suggests he may have attended a Black Mass "Black Mass is a ceremony typically celebrated by various satanic groups.", or at least, fantasized about attending one.

In Picasso nude self-portrait drawing, a full-frontal image of the naked Picasso standing to attention, his right hand placed over his heart, and his left raised to head height, was Picasso swearing a diabolical oath of allegiance? His left upper arm is drawn in deep shadow. It is tempting to assume it is just a mirror image that shows his raised right arm in reverse, but the nudity suggests otherwise, as do other drawings from the period.

Picasso’s Nude Self-Portrait (1902-3)
Picasso’s Nude Self-Portrait (1902-3)

Les Demoiselles d’Avignon By Pablo Picasso

"Primitivism may carry nostalgia for a golden age in the Garden of Eden."

"Les Demoiselles d’Avignon, extensive nudity utilization within the message Picasso is delivering to his viewers."

"Primitivism is a mode of aesthetic art that means to recreate the experience of a primitive time, place, and person."

Les Demoiselles d’Avignon " The Avignon of the work’s title is a reference to a street in Barcelona famed for its brothels." In the first seven months of 1907, the relatively unknown Spanish artist, 26-year-old Pablo Picasso, completed the painting Les Demoisellesd’Avignon "The primitiveness iconoclastic artwork".

Picasso's Primitivism included techniques, motifs, and styles copied from the arts of Asian, African, and Australasian peoples perceived as primitive in relation to the urban civilization of western Europe.

Within a primitivism-styled painting, five female figures appear savage with angular facial and body features set within a brothel scene. three females are wearing masks that appear to be inspired by Iberian sculpture and African masks. while a slice of melon in the still life is at the bottom of the composition.

Picasso's art versatility and composition mastery are obvious, whilst The Occult Philosophy might be the foundation of Picasso's art.

Les Demoiselles d’Avignon 1907
Les Demoiselles d’Avignon 1907

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