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Simone KarustisMiss SeilerAP English 11 (7)12 January 2018 For aspiring artists, the goal at hand is to become successful and influential in their respective area of expertise. However, the word “successful” can possess different meanings, especially in the world of art. Art is a form of expression unlike any other, and it allows for various forms of interpretation (Compound). Pablo Picasso, known as one of the greatest and most influential artists of the twentieth century, was a man whose work allowed for great amounts of interpretation. His work was considered radical, and his skill was considered sensational. For the majority of his long life, Pablo Picasso devoted himself to a production of his art, which significantly contributed to — and paralleled the entire development of— modern art in the twentieth century. Although several of his actions and beliefs were often viewed negatively, the public still accepted him as a prominent figure in their society and thus he continued to evolve the way art was perceived (Complex). Picasso’s ability to create pieces in an impressive range of styles that earned respect from the public over the course of his lifetime. He created his memorable artwork in times ranging from the Blue Period and Rose Period to Cubism, Surrealism, and Realism. Not only did he perfect all of these styles, but he was a pioneer in each of these movements and influenced the styles to follow throughout the twentieth century (Complex). Art critics and historians separate Picasso’s career into specific and distinct periods. The first of these lasted for three years in the early 1900s and is called the “Blue Period,” which is named after the color that overtook his paintings in these years. He produced mainly works addressing symbolic and philosophical themes that consistently exhibited a depressing tone due to his debilitating depression. Once this temporary phase lifted, the next to come was the “Rose Period”, which was the less memorable of the two. This time represents one of a lighter tone; he began to utilize more optimistic colors such as pinks and reds (Compound with semicolon). These two time periods in particular help to describe Picasso’s varying feelings and moods and how he expressed them in his paintings. While such a depression may very well discourage and offset other artists, Picasso used it to further establish his work and styles. The Blue Period highlighted Picasso’s undeniable talent ability as an artist to channel his own misery and hardship into a revolutionary form of artistic expression. After the German bombing of Guernica in 1937, Picasso created a piece that represented the nature of this war’s brutality. It became one of his most famous pieces due to its overwhelming size and how it challenged the nature of war rather than value it as heroic. The painting demonstrated the hopelessness of war in a way that could take many different meanings. Picasso thought that if it were the painter’s job to define the symbols in a painting, then the purpose of painting rather than simply writing out the meaning is lost (Vallentin 41). Picasso was a pacifist, which is one who believes that war and violence are inexcusable and pointless. Despite the possible differing opinions on the topic at the time, the painting still became one of the most moving anti-war demonstrations in history. Around this time, Picasso also founded Cubism along with Georges Braque. This concept is where a subject is taken apart into geometric shapes and rearranged to form a new shape or figure. The essence of these types of paintings was greatly unheard of and produced confusion throughout the public. Some had difficulty seeing the artistic talent in such works, but others saw it quite clearly. This uncertainty of the meaning behind Cubism works is mostly why it became as important as it did. Picasso opened people’s minds to styles no one had imagined before; he expanded the creativity of future artists in the years to come (Compound with a semicolon). Often as artists grow old, their work begins to dwindle and their focus begins to stray. However, Picasso demonstrated exactly the opposite and produced incredible work in his later years. His style continued to change and develop into a more daring essence that incorporated wild colors and expressive figures. The work he began to produce were not understood by the majority of the public at first. However, after his death and after the remainder of the art world had continued onto what is called “abstract expressionism”, his paintings began to fall under this new category. It had been realized, contrary to what his works suggested, that Picasso was not simply an artist past his prime. He had actually prefigured the abstract expressionism that had not been explored yet. Because of this realization, Picasso’s later works were added to the already astonishing abundance of his pieces that will continue to change the art world forever. Similar to any artist, Picasso faced immense amounts of people who failed to understand his artwork. Part of the reason for this misunderstanding or lack of comprehension at all is that Picasso intentionally left great room for interpretation regarding his work. He felt that an artist’s duty is to create confusion and uncertainty for the viewers about the true meaning of the particular piece. Picasso believed they should be so intently focused on what the artist was originally thinking that they will open their minds to perspectives and meanings that they had never considered (Vallentin 140). He faced great criticism from the public regarding how his paintings contradicted his beliefs. Being a part of the communist party and often demonstrating exaggerated virility towards women, Picasso received criticism from the public. However, his admirers and followers did not allow these factors to change their view of Picasso as the most important figure in their lives. This loyalty was a result of Picasso’s undeniable talent and ability to reach those who viewed his work through this paintings. Throughout his entire life, Picasso spent his time and energy completely focused on his artwork and its effect on the public. He gave art a new meaning and opened the gateway for the generations following  him to pursue and explore their creativity. His range of styles and his ability to master each and every one of those styles is only part of what made Picasso one of the most influential figures in the twentieth century. Although he went through a time of depression and sorrow, his work did not dwindle. In fact, Picasso’s work improved while still expressing the essence of his feelings even through his depression. The Blue Period was his means of portraying his feelings through a limited range of certain colors. Following this period was the Rose Period which represented Picasso’s lifting out of depression and into better times. He went on to found Cubism and change the future for all artists. Without Picasso’s dedication and incredible talent in his area of expertise, the world may have never seen the true potential of art’s effect on humankind.Work CitedHughes, Robert. “The Artist Pablo Picasso.” Time, Time Inc., 8 June 1998,,9171,988489,00.htmlVallentin, Antonina. Picasso. Doubleday, 1963