I would say it is a man about to die (a man facing death)... not the Grim Reaper...
The absolute, very first word that came to my mind was "nonplussed".
A Martian!!!! - Beware an invasion could be round the corner by these old men!!
Looks to me like one of the time term residents of Eastern Island has a cold.
Looks like someone has just 'goosed' him from behind! Pablo Picasso was such an overated artist. Whoever said he could paint?? I am sure most of us did better in kindergarten! lol!
It is all in the expression on the face, the tight line of the lips and the look in the eyes. The man is staring at death, his own and he has no where else to go or look, what he sees ahead of him could make the face be read as an expressionless, but when we are afraid we are 'frozen' and not animated. Just my humble opinion.
If the words "eating a saltine cracker" were added to the word "Death" it would perhaps be more apt in this case.
The expression does look like he just got the bad news about his own death.
Picasso was not a starving artist, so he could paint anything and someone will pay. (seems harsh but true)
"so he could paint anything and someone will pay." -should we have the opposite condition for a painter? I mean, what if he is forced to paint things he does not like himself, just because someone will pay for it?
Is that what Art, and an Artist is all about?
That might not be 'right' but it was the reality and what happened to many artsits in the past. There are artists and writers whose works only became popular and sold for vast sums of money after there death. In order to continue to paint they lived a life of poverty.
In the past some English artist were dependent on 'patrons of the arts' for money to survive on while they worked on their paintings.
The use of red text/ink is usual- that is, it is not often used in the forums.
I am guessing that the eyes look different because when someone faces death they will tend to look to their past as well as to the future that awaits them. I have not researched this painting and that is just a guess at what he might be trying to express in the image.
As Picasso could draw well, early works demonstrate this. I think it is likely that pictures such as this one by him are meant to convey more than an accurate likeness. Although I do find some 'artists' modern pieces a bit smoke and mirrors for my liking.
This was painted as a result of the death of a friend in Paris. I believe his friend committed suicide by jumping off a structure in an attempt to leave an impression on the world - as you can see the street made an impression on his head, which is highlighted within this piece.
Thank you Pearldiver, I guess when we reading paintings or writing if we do not know the full facts behind them then we tend to improvise with our existing knowledge of our world and experiences.
It's art, what's to understand? Everyone who looks at this will have their own experience with it, and that's as it should be.
a bleeding mind... i sometimes feel this way ( heck i usually feel that way all the time ) .. i wonder if i'm on death bed and don't know it.
One question - if someone wants to sell you this painting, how much will you pay him (given that you have unlimited wealth) ? ...This is a serious question.
You have full right not to answer, if this question is disturbing.
If i had unlimited wealth? then i'd say maybe 50 dollars for the time put in.. ...If i was really into i art i might double it to 100... i'm not particularly into art so i would pay nothing for it. if it were a scene that i was actually going to hang in my living room.. a nature scene or or green misty mountain i might pay up to 300 but i would never pay higher unless it was a necessity.. why do you ask?
This particular painting i like but not enough to put in a room.. its a cool to look at for a moment or if i had unlimited wealth to make a specific room for unusual art then i might buy it for a few hundred as acenic display but nothing more.. its not drawn well enough.. the art has to look time consuming and detailed for me to pay anything higher. this looks well, cool but amateur even though its Picasso.( because i just don't like his style, whatever its called. Abstract maybe? IDK.
Very genuine reply ...just thinking that it will sell for over a 100 million if it 'ever' comes to auction again.
of course, but only for its collector value determined by people who have over abused their wealth for material things.. Now if Bill gates buys this for a hundred million, maybe i'll rethink my posts in the other forum, otherwise its his to spend...LOL
I would not want it in my home, I would rather have a painting that I enjoyed looking at. Any painting is only 'worth' what the highest bidder will pay for it; I mean worth in a monetary way. Paintings are sometimes owned as investments rather than for appreciation and that alters what they are sold for.
People only invest on paintings when someone loves that painting on the other end.
Art is also used as an investment tool, by the wealthy or big companies who buy the paintings as a financial investment.
Buying gold is an investment? -Why is that an worthy investment? Where does the value of that investment come from?
True - gold is used/bought as an investment as is coffee and diamonds and also sometimes people do that with paintings/art.
The financial gain comes in selling the item for more than you paid for it if you can. The people who bought gold ten years ago and who sell it now have made a profit. The same happens with the work of famous and potentially artists. Gold is seen as a safe investment which people turn to in times of financial crisis. I know of these things but am not an investor so am not an expert on it.
For someone buying a painting as a financial investment they could be motivated by the love of the work of the artist but their interest might just be one of financial gain.
In the end - someone does love the painting, for he buys the painting; if that were not, the investor would have run away from the painting. That's the point.
"People only invest on paintings when someone loves that painting on the other end."
What gives you that idea?
People invest in art as they would anything else, they believe the art(product) will appreciate in value and could one day resell for more then they paid.
Been hanging out with many investors lately?
hype, popularity, reviews, purchases by other investors, auction prices, shows in high profile locations, major commissions .. somewhere in their may be sbjective "taste" but thats more the bastion of a wealthy "collector" rather than a savvy investor.
Does anyone else find the title of this thread pretentious?
Also, calling Picasso overrated and offering $50 for one of his works?
In some art, a large eye, in this case a dilated pupil, represents a window to the the soul. Hey, it's just a guess!
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