Sunday, January 8, 2012

Picasso, Pablo

Le Moulin de la Galette, Paris
Oil on canvas
34 3/4 x 45 1/2 inches (88.2 x 115.5 cm)
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York

Moulin de la Galette was Picasso's earliest masterpiece, and one that shaped for several years to come the creative direction taken by the 19 year old artist, when he painted this, who had arrived to conquer Paris.
He was living in Barcelona when the 1900 World’s Fair drew him to Paris for the first time. During his two-month stay in Paris, he immersed himself in the bohemian cafés, night-clubs, and dance halls of Montmartre. Le Moulin de la Galette, his first Parisian painting, reflects his fascination with the lusty decadence and gaudy glamour of the famous dance hall, where bourgeois patrons and prostitutes rubbed shoulders. Picasso had yet to develop a unique style, but Le Moulin de la Galette is nonetheless a startling production for an young artist at the age of 19.

Pablo Picasso, (1881 – 1973, Spanish) is one of the greatest and most influential artists of the 20th century who demonstrated extraordinary artistic talent. He changed his style as he experimented with different theories, techniques, and ideas. His revolutionary artistic accomplishments brought him universal renown and immense fortune, making him one of the best-known figures in 20th century art.