Cube of the Day

19 Aug

One look at the painting. Whose?

It’s mine..

Yours? But isn’t it.. Picasso’s? Can’t be yours.. It’s not your style at all.. I’m sure it’s Picasso’s.

Hey, it’s mine. I did this painting the whole day yesterday. A miniature of Picasso’s original ” Portrait of Dora Maar”, 1937.


I think, almost every artists if not everyone in the world, knows the name. And yesterday morning, after I woke up crying from a dreadful dream.. I felt of doing something different. I wanted to study again.

Study? As in.. study- reading.. doing research.. taking exams..?

Nope. I’m all over that. Phew!

Well, this is sort of to refresh myself  with the Art History and Old Masters.. sort of thing. Reading is good too.. but I decided to paint one of Picasso’s Cubism works such as shown above as my subject of study. I wanted to see what he saw, feel his choice of colors and learn his painting composition.


Yes, indeed.. especially if you read about the meaning.. the criticism.. the thoughts on the painting.. such as an observation made by a writer;

She (Dora Maar) is presented both profile and full face. Then, one eye is shown looking inward, toward herself. The eyelashes of this eye are painted to emphasize this inward direction, yet the pupil looks straight out. The other eye, which Picasso has surprisingly painted red, looks out at the world and us; while the red shows intensity, the curves and symmetry of this eye give it serenity”. Read more..

I’ve been fascinated by Picasso’s name even before I knew who he really was. His artworks and life story are legendary.. one of the most prolific artists of all time.. with around 15,000 paintings, more than 660 sculptures, countless drawings, graphic and ceramic works.. Wow! How can you beat that?.

And the most interesting part to me is.. how Picasso and his buddy Braque, developed Cubism as a new painting style during their time.. how they could think of creating a puzzle out of humankind on a flat surface..producing a conceptual image as opposed to a perceptual one?

It’s just amazing what a creative mind could do.

Oh my mind.. can you please be more creative?

*Pablo Diego José Francisco de Paula Juan Nepomuceno María de los Remedios Cipriano de la Santísima Trinidad Ruiz y Picasso known as Pablo Ruiz Picasso (25 October 1881 – 8 April 1973) was a Spanish painter, draughtsman, and sculptor. He is best known for co-founding the Cubist movement and for the wide variety of styles embodied in his work. Among his most famous works are the proto-Cubist Les Demoiselles d’Avignon (1907) and Guernica (1937), his portrayal of the German bombing of Guernica during the Spanish Civil War.

*sourced from Wikipedia.

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