Friday, April 26, 2013

Did Picasso Have an Artist Statement?


Armelle Léon Bitterolf said...

It's difficult to give a short answer to this question. Picasso learned with his father in Spain, his father was a teacher at the Academy of Fine Arts. Picasso wanted to escape the academic way of painting as many painters before, the official way in Europe to have an artist statement.

He decided to come in France, one of his paintings was selected for the universal exhibition 1900. He studied many artists in "Musée du Louvre" : Ingres, Delacroix, Cézanne, Lautrec, Bonnard, Degas.

After many years without money, he was able to sell many paintings in his workshop to american people :Lea and Gertrude Stein. The art dealer Daniel-Henry Kanhweiler, was able to understand the very new way of painting of Picasso : cubism, "Les Demiselles d'Avignon". Most of Picasso's paintings were sold in US.

I think that Picasso's artist statement was to pay taxes to the French governement. Now his descendants are part of an association ADAGP which cares to enforce the copyright, that means the reproductions of his works are taxed and due to his descendants.

Tracey Broome said...

If he had one, did anyone bother to read it?