I love art! Not least for its potential to impact on the feeling of a space but for its ability to communicate a message or an idea. Though I must admit, typically I haven’t always appreciated the deeper meaning behind the life of the artist… instead choosing to concentrate more on how a work of art makes me feel. Well it’s not always about me, is it now?!
For a long time, I have chosen to experience a work of art as an opportunity to change the way we as humans experience a space. Today I still do think like this but…
I also see art as an opportunity to enrich your understanding of an artist, a person. I see it as a way of exploring the complexities of the human mind. As a chance to understand how artists, designers and musicians alike communicate their idea’s.
Art is everywhere, it’s intermingled within our everyday existence. Whether we choose to acknowledge it or not… it lives amongst us unfolding and evolving each and every day of our lives…
“The eye sees only what the mind is prepared to comprehend.”
Henri Bergson French philosopher (1859–1941)
Choosing to create my own interpretations of art based on my personal feelings is in actual fact an art in itself …I still do believe in that… but it’s becoming more and more apparent to me that one must know the story of the artist to truly begin depicting the authentic meaning behind the works.
My recent visit to the Picasso EY 1932 Love, Fame & Tragedy exhibition kind of shifted my way of thinking. I must confess… I’m not usually the most patient of individuals… I can be shifty and fidgety and I’m always jumping from one thing to the next. I love to be in constant stimulation mode whizzing around to see what artful delights my eyes can see next… but this time was different, I went with my friend Charelle who on the day insisted we get the headphones… and let curators Nancy Ireson and Achim Borchardt-Hume slowly take us through the motions expertly guiding us through each piece one at a time. We were there for hours….
The works tell a mesmerising story of Picasso’s secret lover …. A passion fuelled affair with 22-year-old Marie-Thérèse Walter. I loved it… not just because I feel I came closer to understanding more about Picasso’s story and the inner workings of his mind but because I realised that as time went on I became more connected to him, I felt his love. I felt his pain, I felt his lust, his anguish, his disgust, his desire for revenge. I felt real human existence all tied up in a sea of emotions, stories and events…
“Painting is just another way of keeping a diary.”
Pablo Picasso (1881 – 1973)
As time goes on and as you move through the exhibition it becomes more and more apparent that there were clear disparities within his own his mental state. The longer you look at his paintings, the more information is revealed to you each and every second in time… the more you look the more you see. Many of his paintings are seemingly soft and sensual but often there is a darkness lurking underneath the surface cleverly hidden somewhere within the painting. Much of Picasso’s art appears loving and enveloping… a feeling of calm is created through his use of curved lines, his smooth application of paint and his selection of pale pastel tones. In the same breath though there is horror… often there is something cruel and sinister within the undertones of the painting.
You may find yourself wondering… What really happened with him and this woman! … It really is fascinating stuff!
Now I don’t want to give too much away as I REALLY, REALLY want you to go and see this one and I really want you to let me know what you think! However, I will say this…
For me, the “art” of Picasso is in his ability to communicate a message in the most subtle and unexpected of ways. You may find yourself feeling shocked… moved, a little bit concerned and maybe even emotionally disturbed!
“The hidden harmony is better than the obvious.”
Pablo Picasso (1881 – 1973)
Picasso was a genius! A seemingly troubled, unsettled and pained individual but a genius nonetheless…. If you have even the slightest of interest in art (and even if you don’t) … this exhibition is a must-see. It is NOT to be missed. It’s actually the first ever Picasso exhibition at the Tate and I can comfortably say it changed the way I think about art.
The Picasso EY 1932 – Love, Fame, Tragedy exhibition is on till the 9th September 2018 at the Tate gallery in London.
If you haven’t seen it already you must go… and when you do… let me know what you think! I’ll be waiting!