Why did Picasso draw his paintings like stick cartoons?

Even if he wanted to use symbolism, he could have drawn paintings that seem like actual humans.. To me, it seems like he did it just to save time and convey the symbolism in the shortest time possible.

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At least something of this quality would be good, most people would appreciate that it's hard for a painter to draw the strokes carefully to create something like this.

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  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    None of his figures look like stick figures!  

    Look, this is what young Picasso was capable of at just 15:

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/89235234@N00/4356587...

    Art in the late C19th/ early C20th had a crisis.  Artists asked themselves what art was for in an age of photography and mechanized mass (re)production.  It certainly wasn't to faithfully document the world anymore, so they travelled inwards, exploring the psyche, backwards, exploring primitive art and its meaning to the peoples who created it, and forwards, exploring the materiality of mediums.  The horrors of WWI stemming from too powerful new technologies applied to old warfare methodologies made these questions all the more urgent to artists.  Cubism is just one expression of these questions and explorations:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cubism

    Try to copy Picasso.  Not a pastiche, really study the piece you're aiming to copy.  You will soon find that only the man capable of producing the above self portrait at 15 had the skill and subtle eye required for those cubist portraits. They are neither simple nor sloppy.

  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    His unique style. 

  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    Its called Cubism Art and Picasso was one of its creators. In his later years he mass produced his art by using dozens of artists and craftsmen.  He would check out their work.  If he liked it he would sign it. 

  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    He was quite capable of producing conventional art, but if that was all he did we would never have had something as brilliant as "Guernica" - but either you get it or you don't. Fortunately many people did.

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  • Ludwig
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    He was a great admirer of the British artist ' LS Lowry', and followed his style when depicting the human form.

  • John
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    Yes, Picasso bashing has become fashionable among the less than sophisticated art spectator crowd.

  • 3 months ago

    why dont we have famous singers from the 1600s?  because no one could record them of course..  this we can record...not only is it art (subjectively) but its also history

    also style...those who do something different tend to stand out

  • Kieth
    Lv 7
    3 months ago

    Bigger question, why did people pay millions for his second rate, third grade scribbles?

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