Picasso and friends, for free

By by dianna wray/dwray@vicad.com
March 28, 2012 at 3:02 p.m.
Updated March 27, 2012 at 10:28 p.m.

"Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life."

Pablo Picasso said that.

Picasso, one of the most famous artists of the 20th century, said a lot of things, and he painted a lot of paintings, crafted a lot of sculptures and broke a lot of new ground during his time on this little speck of blue and green in the solar system.

Now, you've got the chance to see some his work and those of his friends, teachers and contemporaries at an exhibit at Texas A&M University-San Antonio.

The show is free and features 70 pieces by Picasso and selections by the likes of Salvador Dali and Georges Braque. If you've never seen the works of Picasso, it's well worth a trip to take in this show. He's the artist who changed the world by painting it and allowing us to see what he saw and captured on canvas.

Born in 1881, he came up in a time of tremendous change in the art world, and, of course, Picasso was doing a lot of the changing. You've seen his paintings whether you know it or not - whether it was a painting from the cool, somber turquoises and sea greens of his Blue Period, or the warmth and joy of his Rose Period to the fragmented dreamlike images of Cubism.

"If there were only one truth, you couldn't paint a hundred canvases on the same theme," Picasso is quoted as saying.

He must have really believed that, because the artist created about 50,000 works of art over the course of his life.

If Picasso himself doesn't compel you to get yourself to San Antonio, the works of the surrealist Dali are another good reason to go. Dali was quirky to say the least and his paintings, with the dripping clocks, eggs and elephants are fascinating, to say the least.

The exhibit runs through May 20 and since it's free, there's really no good reason not to go check it out. So go on and take the chance - being free, it's hard to go wrong.



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