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Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Picasso Bites on Buonarroti (aka OMG! Original Content III!!!)




So everyone knows "It took [Picasso] four years to paint like Raphael, but a lifetime to paint like a child."


Picasso at 15:







Picasso in his 80's:













But, on his death bed, aged 88, Michelangelo is reputed to have said ‘I am dying just as I am beginning to learn the alphabet of my profession’. As he got older he moved further and further away from technique towards a more ‘expressionist’ handling of the stone. 
Michelangelo in his 20's:





Michelangelo in his 80's:




Pay close attention to the second rendering it is rough hewn and ‘unfinished’ but strangely (it can be argued) has greater artistic power and merit. E.g. Jesus looks f-ing heavy. Better communicating the gravity of the situation (pun intended!). Here, you are compelled to leave objective appreciation of technical skill for the more interpretive world of impressionism.
I mean come on! Jesus is missing a leg!!!!
Q.E.D. BITCHES!

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