Thursday 12 March 2020
The lecture "From Family of Saltimbanques to Les Demoiselles d’Avignon: Picasso in the first decade of the 20th century" on 12/03 is cancelled.
In March, prompted by the multimedia installation Picasso: Blue and Rose Period, the series of lectures on Pablo Picasso’s life and work continues. Through the unique lens of a different speaker each month, we examine aspects of the oeuvre of a timeless artist who left his mark on the 20th century.
In the first decade of the 20th century, Picasso pursued three distinct directions: First, the Blue Period (1901–1904) and then the Rose Period (1904–1906); he then developed a groundbreaking idiom, epitomized in his painting Les Demoiselles d’Avignon (1907). Yet, what was it that led Picasso to such a dramatic change of style? And is this shift, in fact, a radical departure, or is it perhaps related to his earlier creative output?
Taking these questions as a starting point, we will reflect on the continuities and breakthroughs in the oeuvre of an artist who shaped the art of our times as few others have.
Nikos Daskalothanassis is Professor, History of Modern and Contemporary Art, Department of Art Theory and History, Athens School of Fine Arts. His publications include a monograph on Giorgio de Chirico, a book on the historical role of artists, a study on the early years of art history in Europe etc. He recently translated into Greek and edited The Lay of Aristotle (Agra Publications, Athens 2018). He is Editor-in-Chief of Istoria tis Technis journal for art history and theory (Futura Editions, Athens).
Simultaneous translation into the Greek Sign Language will be provided.
Photograph © Pinelopi Gerasimou