The anniversary of the birth of Pablo Picasso. Born in Spain (1881-1973) this towering genius spent much of his life in France creating works across many mediums. Painter, sculptor, ceramics, stage design for ballet, printmaking, poetry. playwright. He was one of the founders of the Cubist school and brought about the modern art movement with angular lines, geometric shapes, collage and forever changed the art world.
And he painted cats.
He was also photographed with them and it quoted speaking about them, so it might be possible to assume he was a cat lover.
Regardless he appreciated the beauty and presence of cats and added them to his art work.
Brutal and bold his paintings are not warm, fuzzy representations of cats but stylized images of the attributes he found appealing. Not for everyone it is worth noting that Picasso featured cats in many works and so brought them into the art world and eternalized them in his modern, surrealist style.
I want to create a cat like the real cats I see crossing the streets, not like those you see in houses. They have nothing in common. The cat of the streets has bristling fur. It runs like a fiend, and if it looks at you, you think it is going to jump in your face.