Book Review: Picasso: My Grandfather

When Picasso died in 1973, he left behind four children and three grandchildren. ‘In order to create, he had to destroy everything that got in the way of his creation’ (Picasso: 2001, 74), and Picasso: My Grandfather is a raw account of a girl, then a woman, who would only ever see the evil in Picasso’s genius, and witnesses the destruction first hand. She bravely recounts her life as a Picasso, and the 14 years of psychoanalysis in order to reach a place where she no longer feels in the shadow of her Grandfather.

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The Artist’s Timeline: Clovis Trouille

Camille Clovis Trouille was born October 24, 1889 in La Fère, France, and died September 24, 1975 in Paris, France. One of the lost Surrealists, Trouille has become not much more than a footnote in history. For Trouille, joining the Surrealist movement was purely for exposure, participating rarely with Surrealist events. Trouille's art works are an incredible insight into the world he perceived around him, of the beauty and corruption. NB: The Artist's Timeline is an overview of selected art works which have been chosen as an introduction to an artist.

Portraits of an Artist: Pablo Picasso

Picasso by Juan Gris

He was the Minotaur, the playboy of his era, he made the rules to break the rules, he was selfish yet a genius, he had no set style but a thousand styles, he was not Pablo, only Picasso. Pablo Ruiz y Picasso (aka Pablo Picasso) was born in Málaga, Spain on October 25, 1881. A child prodigy, at 20 years old Picasso left Spain for Paris to become a distinguished artist. For Picasso, to succeed in Paris would be to conquer the world.

Alphonse Mucha: In Quest of Beauty (Exhibition)

In Quest of Beauty

In Quest of Beauty is an exhibition which is designed to not only promote the work of Alphonse Mucha, but to study the theoretical idea of ‘beauty’ that was a core principle of Mucha’s art. In Quest of Beauty is an exhibition specifically looking at Mucha's Paris period and his art work after he returned to his native Czechoslovakia. Critical reviewers largely concur that the exhibition experience mirrors the motif of the exhibition: beauty, and what this meant to Mucha.

Masters of Japanese Photography (SCVA Exhibition)

Masters of Japanese Photography

Masters of Japanese Photography is an exhibition that teaches us about Japanese Culture through the eyes of three photographers who grew up in the aftermath of the Second World War, Nobuyoshi Araki, Eikoe Hosoe, and Kikuji Kawada. The pictures depict personal and cultural experiences, and attempts to educate us in both the ‘natural beauty and social complexity’ of Japan. With this context in mind, it certainly delivers, but to get the full experience of this retrospective, and to understand it, the viewer needs to be open minded.