Something powerful AND magical happened when the 19th century closed her doors and the 20th century opened her’s to ARTISTS. A monumental revolution unfolded as artists experimented with formal elements within the creative studio process. The result of this unbridled experimentation was visions of a new world—visions of a new world of imagery directly related to artist’s forms freed from their previous allegiance to tactile reality. One of the great ART experimenters at the turn of the century was the Spaniard Pablo Picasso! Picasso freed forms from both the tactile world as well as the world of audience expectation. Picasso seemed to understand this new era of time—celebrating the emergence of a new century of time—and, with that understanding, he allowed his forms to be free of the past and of the future. Picasso enabled his forms through the power of his mind rather than what he believed he saw. Picasso described the formal elements of making Cubist objects in this manner: “I paint objects as I think them, not as I see them…An idea is a beginning point and no more.”
What are your thoughts on the emergence of Experimental Art forms as offered by the Cubist painter Pablo Picasso?
Pablo Picasso, Portrait of D. H. Kahnweiler, 1910