Tuesday, April 6, 2010

My Sketchbook And Pablo's

More sketchbook. I've been reading Picasso and Portratiture: Representation and Transformation, published by the Museum of Modern Art. Cool book with lots of reproductions of pictures by the best draftsman of the last century. Ken, if you can read this where you are, Picasso wasn't cheating. I'd give my teeth (but not my soul) to be able to draw the way he could. His paintings ranged from fevered Lautrecean naturalism, through the flickering transmutations of Cubism, to smooth and cool Neoclassicism, then nightmarish distortion. Picasso was into Tarot, and his drawings were populated by stock characters, illustrating their creator's inner life with little improvised plays.

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