Pablo Picasso – Art and the Human Condition

By Travy Whitfield – Talon Staff Writer

Pablo Picasso is one of the most well known artists of the 20th century. He has greatly impacted the development of modern art. He was born on October 25, 1881 in Malaga, Spain. He studied art in Madrid in 1897, then Barcelona in 1899.

One of Picasso’s most famous paintings is Guernica. Guernica was created in response to the bombing of Guernica, in Northern Spain, by German and Italian warplanes at the request of the Spanish Nationalist forces on April 26, 193 during the Spanish Civil War. In the painting Picasso gives a visual account of the devastating and harsh impact of war on men, women, and children. The painting is a dark portrayal of how evil man can be, especially in times of war.

Genesis 1:27 says, “So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.” We have been made in God’s image, but sin entered the world and has distorted our perception of God and ourselves. Picasso shows man’s distorted self-image through his paintings – displaying people with abnormal features, like faces with big noses and little ears, for example. Sin has separated us from God and this causes us to fall short of His glory and has marred the image in which He created us. Romans 3:23 says, “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,”

God is an artist who has designed the universe and has created us in his image. Though we fall short, we are not without hope because of Christ. So students, get out there and appreciate God’s artistry.