Picasso the Immortal

27 juillet 2017

More than forty years after his disappearance, the genius Picasso still reigns on the world of Art. Wonderful gifted versatile and fabulous manager of his image, he is displayed absolutely everywhere.

Museums, cars and image rights

Never in the history of Art have an artist crystallized so much passions. Pablo Picasso occupies, almost alone, the front of the artistic and cultural scene for nearly a century. He is the obvious incarnation of Modern Art, the most famous artist in the world and the absolute record of auctions, the mere allusion to his name is enough to attract the crowds. His works are the glory of museums all over the world, eight of which are exclusively dedicated to him, including three in France in Paris, Antibes and Vallauris, and he is an inexhaustible source of inspiration for the younger generations of artists.

His unstructured and colorful characters are displayed on postcards, neckties, jewelery, porcelains, cushions and even on the dress of Lady Gaga one day in December 2013. Recovered on all sides for the need of marketing operations, Picasso has even become a car brand! To infinity, he continues to arouse curiosity and is still the subject of original studies, such as the one of Marijo Ariëns-Volker on the primordial character of occultism in its creative process. And when it is not him, it is the many women of his life that are put forward through exhibitions or books. The name Picasso is an international brand that should be managed as such. His son, Claude Picasso, created the Picasso Administration (PA) in 1996, of which he is the sole shareholder. The prosperous small company and its seven employees rigorously watch over the moral rights of the undivided co-owners: Claude, Maya, Paloma, Marina and Bernard. Any work used on an object, a book or even in a film must be the subject of a prior agreement and automatically generates copyright. The maestro is the most pirated artist in the world, the illegal use of his name or his image is no longer counting... the millions collected each year by the Picasso Administration, most of which comes from Citroën, are used to stalk fraudsters and to pay suits. An exception, La Domba de la Paix, is the most reproduced drawing in the history of art and it would be useless to prosecute offenders.

In 2017, there is still a colossal list of events and exhibitions on whole seasons celebrating his multiform and absolute genius... The phenomenon does not falter and we always return on him. What makes him so fascinating?

"I wanted to become a painter, and I became Picasso"

What makes Picasso so enthralling is above all the emotion emanating from his paintings and his works. An impulsive mixture of desire, joy, sadness, anger and laughter. The "Picassian" frenzy is also the so obvious talent of the artist. A precocious talent, which is distinguished from his early work when he was only a child. But Picasso is also Pablo, the man who feeds genially on everything around him and all those around him, his loves, his friends and his peers from various backgrounds. Poets, writers, painters, choreographers, playwrights... constantly renew his circle and his inspirations. Picasso traces his path without ever looking back, as if each of his periods was a new renaissance. Consumed all his life by a violent creative flame, the maestro always managed to surprise where he was not expected. Unpredictable, he is able to move from a melancholic blue period to revolutionary cubism before he whistle the 20th century avant-garde kick-off and then return to a classicism to finally destructurize his characters between surrealism and bursts of color.

Painter, but also sculptor, engraver, draftsman, ceramist, goldsmith, he dared in a wide range of fields of art until becoming poet and playwright with two plays to his credit, without omitting his collaborations with choreographers and musicians for various shows and ballets. A total artist, eager for freedoms, giving the impression of bending only to his desires and breaking all the borders running towards an unusual destiny. "When I was a child, my mother said to me:" If you become a soldier, you will be general. If you become a monk, you will end up pope. "I wanted to be a painter and I became Picasso!" Crashing quotations as a powerful trademark for an artist with ego as high as the image he transmits. "True pictures, if a mirror is approached, they should cover themselves with mist, living breath, because they breathe." Aware of what he represents, Picasso delighted photographers Doisneau, Capa and Brassaï. With a sharp sense of business, he keeps his favorite merchants close to him, the latter opening wide the doors of the United States and the Middle East after conquering with a disconcerting easiness the European continent. Picasso is everywhere and soon he acquires a dimension at the limit of the celestial placing himself as universal man of peace painting Guernica (1937) while his Colombe is chosen in 1949 by Louis Aragon for the poster of the Congress of the Peace of the Communist Party. The bird will go around the world and give Pablo Picasso even more access to the rank of social immortal. A reign that even death could not stop.

Perrotte, the gladness of abstract

The story begins with a nickname "small pear" or "Perrotte" in Catalan. A nickname given by his sisters to Pierre... and that will not leave him anymore. Perrotte is a man who begins to paint on silk in Ivory Coast and who has accumulated 26 years of pictorial practice. It is also the story of a glass blower, self-taught painter, passionate about abstraction, and inspired by Miró for the glamor and by Picasso for the bulls. Perrotte, it is a dynamic feature, opulent forms, a bright color, a relief, the freedom and the joy

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