Jones asserts that "lay bare his imagination and his creative energy like nothing else he ever did. If every painting by Picasso were to vanish, and only this series of prints survived, his genius would still be obvious from this work alone. Guernica grows out of its imagery: in a sense (especially with its black and white palette) this famous painting is simply a translation to mural scale of the intense symbolism and mythic power of the etchings in the Vollard Suite."
Andrea Kirsch reports on Picasso Guitars 1912-1914, on view at MOMA through June 6, 2011. Kirsch writes "like abstraction, for which music was both inspiration and justification, Picasso’s interest in negative space grew out of thinking about music; not musical form and language, but music production." In addition to thinking about the production of sound as a key inspiration Kirsch later brings up an interesting point about Picasso's "use of paint as if it were an element of collage."
Daniel B. Gallagher reviews the recent exhibition Picasso, Miró, Dalí. Angry Young Men: The Birth of Modernity at the Palazzo Strozzi, Firenze. The show examines the work of the three artists "Miró, Dalí, and Picasso while each was striving to invent a new visual language by contemplating the work of the other two."
Lewis notes: " If there is one realm where Picasso takes command of the experiment and distinguishes himself from his friend, it is the Cubism-ization of persons, specifically but not surprisingly, the female nude. Though dark browns and bronzes dominate all of the paintings, black smoke-like currents surrounding the subject of one of Picasso's nudes suggests a darkness of mind as well as palette..."
Edited by artist Brett Baker, Painters' Table highlights writing from the painting blogosphere as it is published and serves as a platform for exploring blogs that focus primarily on the subject of painting.