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18 December 2006 @ 09:47 am
While the girls turned the color of an avocado/  
And he drove down the street/in his ElDorado
While he was only five-foot-three/girls could not resist his stare
Pablo Picasso was never called an asshole.

"Blue Nude"

"Boy with Pipe"
(sold for $104 million USD at Sotheby's in 2004

"The Charnel House"
Done in tandem with the more famous Guernica mural

It is estimated that Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) produced about 13,500 paintings or designs, 100,000 prints or engravings, 34,000 book illustrations and 300 sculptures or ceramics. He is in the Guinness book for the most prolific artist ever.

I tried to find some of the less commonly seen images, just cause. Picasso is one of those artists that other artists love to love to hate. Brilliant, but ubiquitous. I find myself frustrated with some of his work, but then defending it to people who hate it, without the artistic background to understand what he was doing. I am frustrated less with his work now than I was when I was younger, possibly because I can see things in it that I couldn't see before. Possibly that I just understand the context better now.

So, for the peanut gallery, what are your thoughts on one of the 20th Century Masters? Do you find yourself loving some, and hating others? Do you find yourself finding new things all the time with his work, or is it all the same to you?