5 Ways To Look At Any Picasso

5 Ways To Look At Any Picasso

You've heard the name Picasso a million times; he's one of the most famous artists in history. You're probably familiar with his work too. But maybe you just don't "get" it. If Picasso's work leaves you scratching your head a bit, you're not alone. The video essayist Evan Puschak of the Nerdwriter YouTube channel presents five different concepts to consider when observing a Picasso: your first reaction, content, form, historical context, and personal context. Check out his video below to see how these factors can come together to help you understand the artist's work.

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Key Facts In This Video

  • 1

    Diego Velázquez was a court painter for King Philip IV of Spain for more than 30 years. (0:35)

  • 2

    All of the subjects in "Las Meninas" can be grouped into pairs that frame the young princess in the middle of the scene. (2:05)

  • 3

    The couple in the mirror of "Las Meninas" is actually what is on the canvas Diego Velázquez is working on in the scene. (5:39)

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