Picasso's War and Peace painting.
The ambassador of peace, Prem Rawat, is among those who promote peace through arts and literature. In 2018, he has promoted inner peace in millions of people through his best-seller novel entitled, "When the Desert Blooms". The book was written in Spanish and was published by Penguin Random House.
As far as art is concerned, the popular painter, Pablo Picasso, is equally a renowned public figure as a promoter of peace through arts. He has painted several works of art depicting war and peace. This article focuses on Pablo Picasso's War and Peace painting.
Picasso is a famous artist
- In the 1950s, Picasso's arts were mainly represented through printing and lithography
- He was known for his unique artistic style, which consisted of using complex interweaving lines. The lines, in turn, create an illusion on familiar subjects. His prints were mounted on special hand-made frames.
- In 1952, he started painting "War and Peace". In the 20th century, Picasso became an influential artist.
- He founded the Cubist movement with Georges Braque.
- Then, he started to work on his largest project, which is known as the "War and Peace" painting.
What are the "War and Peace" paintings?
The "War and Peace" paintings feature hundreds of arts of work and preparatory drawings. The paintings portray scenes of war and peace. Picasso's pottery is exhibited in the Vallauris Museum. Next to the museum, Picasso's War and Peace paintings are displayed in a stone chapel. They can be found on panels within the chamber with concave walls.
At the head of the chamber, portraits of four human figures are exhibited. They are all painted in different colors, including white, black, red and yellow. The figures have a dove in their hands; and the bird of peace is carrying an olive branch in its beak.
The War painting's representation
The War painting shows the profiles of five executioners. In addition, there is another painting showing the image of a faun or satyr, where the horns are painted. He is riding on a coffin-like van. He has a sword which is smeared with blood; and he is carrying a bag of human heads over his shoulder. For frames, dark-brown and grey colors are used by in order to symbolize death and sadness.
The War painting is possibly a depiction of Guernica, an art of work painted in 1937 to represent the atrocities over the Spanish people. On the other hand, the painting may represent the aftermaths of the Second World War, where several people were slaughtered.
The Peace painting's representation
The Peace painting is bordered in a deep blue frame. It depicts a peace warrior, with some women, dancing while displaying their curved body and large breasts. Next to them, a young lad is harnessing a Pegasus-like horse. Farther from him, on the left, there is a faun, who is playing the flute. In fact, satyrs and fauns are representations of characters from mythologies Picasso learned while settling on the Azure's Coast, after he had left Paris. In addition, a picture of radiating olive branches, which look like the Sun, can be seen.
In brief, Picasso's War and Peace paintings show both the mayhem of wars and the serenity of peaceful life. Like Picasso, Prem Rawat has also painted his unique peace message, "Peace is possible" on a mural in London, in order to enhance peace among the local youths.