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Written by Lynn Bartenhagen   
Monday, 15 October 2012 14:43

The public is invited to join the Muscatine Art Center in welcoming Carol Ehlers, art history speaker, as she presents a 45 minute lecture on the art of Pablo Picasso. The lecture will take place Thursday, October 18 at 5:30 pm in the Muscatine Art Center’s Music Room. Admission is free.

Pablo Picasso was a Spanish artist who spent most of his adult life in France. He is widely known for co-founding the Cubist movement, the invention of constructed sculpture, and the co-invention of collage. He is commonly regarded as one of the artists responsible for significant developments in paintings, sculpture, printmaking and ceramics in the early 20th century.

Pablo Picasso was born October 25, 1881 in Málaga, Spain, the first child to a middle-class family. At age 16, Picasso set off for the first time on his own in Madrid, but he disliked formal instruction and quit attending classes soon after enrolling at the Royal Academy of San Fernando. While in Madrid, Picasso especially admired the works of great masters such as        El Greco whose paintings had a great influence on him. Elements of El Greco’s paintings, such as elongated limbs, stunning colors and mystical qualities are echoed in Picasso’s later work.

Picasso’s work is often categorized into periods. The most commonly accepted periods in his work are the Blue Period (1901–1904), the Rose Period (1904-1906), the African-influenced Period (1908–1909), Analytic Cubism (1909–1912), and Synthetic Cubism (1912–1919). In 1937 during a later period considered by many to be a return to classical ideals, Picasso painted Guernica, which would become one of his most notable works.

Picasso’s final works were a mixture of styles and mediums and were more colorful and expressive than his earlier works. It was only after Picasso’s death that the critical art community came to see that Picasso was ahead of his time stylistically. Picasso was exceptionally prolific throughout his long lifetime, producing an estimated 50,000 works of art, including paintings, sculptures, ceramics, drawings, prints, and tapestries and rugs. He died April 8, 1973 in Mougins, France at the age of 92.

In 1992 the Muscatine Art Center’s collections were significantly enriched by a gift of twenty-seven works of art by Toulouse-Lautrec, Matisse, Degas, Boudin, Chagall, Renoir, and other European artists. The collection was a gift from the estate of Mary Musser Gilmore in honor of her parents, Richard Drew Musser and Sarah Walker Musser. The paintings are on permanent display in the Laura Musser Mansion.