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I have decided to contrast and compare paintings by cubist artist Pablo Picasso and contemporary artist Alberto Morrocco.

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I have decided to contrast and compare paintings by cubist artist Pablo Picasso and contemporary artist Alberto Morrocco .I have studied their paintings to find out their influences and any similarities between their work. I have tried to find a source of their motivation and reason for their interpretations. Firstly, I am going to write about cubist artist, Pablo Picasso. Inspired by artist Paul Cezanne, the father of analytical cubism, Picasso attempted many styles of work. He experimented with different media and use of colour, throughout his artistic career. His paintings reflected his moods and attitudes, which changed several times during the course of his life. As a result of this, groups of his painting can be separated into 'periods'. A very famous period Picasso developed was his 'Blue Period', where the paintings of this time were blue in colour and portrayed him to be unhappy. An example of this is ' The Tragedy' painted in 1903. The painting is of a family standing on a beach, frozen like statues. In my perception, it takes on the image of a snapshot, eternally showing these still lonely figures. ...read more.

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This bears little resemblance to the human figures in Picasso's 'The Tragedy' which are well detailed and realistically perceived. When I look at 'The Tragedy' I feel overwhelmed in sadness and feel a sense of sympathy for Picasso and the family in his painting. I feel as though I am made a part of his painting as I can relate to how he is feeling after losing a loved one. Therefore I conclude that this painting was produced after Picasso experienced how it felt to have that love taken from him, a love that would be lost forever. I believe that is why he chose to show through an imaginative family, the emotional consequences of love ceasing to exist. The 'Siesta' is less atmospheric and doesn't make me feel any emotional sadness towards the family featured in the painting, partly due to the title and the presence of the sunflower, which, in my opinion, are symbolic of some source of happiness. The wedding ring represents love, thus making me feel content and relaxed, although they appear to portray sadness. ...read more.

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Both these paintings are similar also in colour. The colours used are bright, strong and effective. I believe that the colour concepts bring each painting to life. Picasso used natural colours to represent the natural significance of the objects in this painting. This makes me feel comfortable and at peace. Morrocco chose olive green, reds and blues to capture the essence of his native Italy. This, in my opinion, gives the painting a special quality and is very pleasing to look at. Picasso's 'Bread Fruit Dish on a Table' is a fantastic example of how he experimented with shape and tried to teach himself and learn through experience the techniques of analytical cubism. He later used this new knowledge to develop cubism further and create a new, unique style which he called synthetic cubism. Alberto Morrocco sought inspiration from Picasso's cubist phase and tried out the style himself. ' Homage a Braque' is a very interesting painting which clearly shows similarities between his paintings and those by Pablo Picasso. However, Morrocco gave an incentive of himself into his painting making it his own masterpiece. ...read more.

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