Connect with us

DailyArtMagazine.com – Art History Stories

Pablo Picasso’s Bulls: On The Road To Simplicity

20th century

Pablo Picasso’s Bulls: On The Road To Simplicity

Pablo Picasso’s bulls are something that once seen, cannot be forgotten. The Bull is a series of 11 lithographs created around Christmas in 1945, that famously depict the beast in various stages of abstraction. All pulled from a single stone, is a one big investigation on the true “spirit” of the animal. And in this case “the spirit” is equal to “the form”.

Pablo Picasso's Bulls

Pablo Picasso, “The Bull”, lithographs, 1945

Picasso had his favorite animals. His love to pigeons was well known – it even became an international symbol of peace in a post-war world. Picasso also loved bulls – he was a frequent guest to Spanish corridas. There the artist used the bull as a metaphor – depending on its context, it has been interpreted in various ways: as a representation of the Spanish people; as a comment on fascism and brutality; as a symbol of virility; or as a reflection of Picasso’s self image. But to be honest, it is not important here. What is important, is the artists’ search of the real “idea” of a bull. He started from flesh and bones – an image of a bull, lightly sketched. Then the bull gained weight, and slowly started to turn into an abstract animal similar to what we know from other Picasso’s paintings.  Finally around plate 9 the bull became only couple of lines – a great anthem to simplicity.

Find out more:

     


Art Historian, founder and CEO of DailyArtMagazine.com and DailyArt mobile app. But to be honest, her greatest accomplishment is being the owner of Pimpek the Cat.

Comments

More in 20th century

  • 20th century

    Impressionism Features in Bombay Progressive Artists Group

    By

    Progressive Artists Group (PAG) was an answer to the existing Indian institutional structure of exhibitions in the mid-20th century. It was a collective primarily formed by FN Souza, SH Raza, KH Ara, HA Gade, MF Hussain and Sadanand Bakre. Later, Vasudeo Gaitonde, Krishen Khanna, Tyeb Mehta,...

  • Elsa Schiaparelli. Source: https://aeworld.com/fashion/elsa-schiaparelli-biography-desginer-icon-birthday/. Elsa Schiaparelli. Source: https://aeworld.com/fashion/elsa-schiaparelli-biography-desginer-icon-birthday/.

    20th century

    The Forgotten Couturier Elsa Schiaparelli: Surrealism, Art and Revolutionary Fashion

    By

    Italian female fashion designer and couturier, the greatest rival of Coco Chanel, and a friend of Surrealists like Salvador Dalì and Man Ray, Elsa Schiaparelli became one of the most prominent figures in fashion and art between the two World Wars by turning the fabric into...

  • The Friendship of Salvador Dali and Coco Chanel. Salvador Dali and Coco Chanel sharing a cigarette, 1938. Pinterest. The Friendship of Salvador Dali and Coco Chanel. Salvador Dali and Coco Chanel sharing a cigarette, 1938. Pinterest.

    Artists' Stories

    A Fierce Romance of Art and Fashion: The Friendship of Salvador Dali and Coco Chanel

    By

    When Dali moved to Paris in 1926, Chanel was already a famous fashion designer. Dali had already worked in the fashion industry, as he had collaborated with Elsa Schiaparelli. But, Coco also introduced him to theatrical costume design, jewelry, and other things that combined both art...

  • 20th century

    Micha Ullman’s Empty Library: An Ode to Culture

    By

    A symbol of education in the city of Berlin, the Bebelplatz Square was chosen on May 10, 1933 by Joseph Goebbels, Minister of Education and Propaganda of the Nazi government, to carry out the infamous autodafé. This sad episode of German history consisted of the burning...

  • Aerial view of Beirut Aerial view of Beirut

    20th century

    Beirut’s Art Scene: Before the Blast and Now

    By

    It was only three years ago, after a long civil war, that Beirut’s art scene began to find its feet. Despite ever-present political corruption, an unsteady economy, and rising inflation, the Mediterranean city has recently become a hot-spot for Arab artists that often attracts an international...

To Top

Just to let you know, DailyArt Magazine’s website uses cookies to personalise content and adverts, to provide social media features and to analyse traffic. Read cookies policy