RAA presents “The Life and Work of Picasso” and holds election of officers

RAA presents “The Life and Work of Picasso” and holds election of officers

Annual meeting is December 7
 
A woman in high heels stumbling down the stairs—we get to see every side of her in the painting.  A classical Roman beauty posing for us, reminiscent of grave stone paintings of the past.  A blue clown with a sad face blending into a blue background.  An angular still life, colorful and full of movement, the shapes all clearly defined as cubes, triangles and circles.  This is Pablo Picasso, the genius of 20th century  modern painting.
 
The Rossmoor Art Association will present a film depicting the work and life of Pablo Picasso on Wednesday, December 7, 2016 in Peacock Hall at 1:00.  The film was part of the award-winning BBC Power of Art series done by Simon Schama.  A combination of dramatic reconstruction, spectacular photography and Schama’s unique style of storytelling transport the viewer back to the intense moments when great works were conceived and born. 
 
Before the film, RAA President Pat Solari will welcome the audience and introduce the new RAA Board Members to be approved by a show of hands from the audience. This year’s slate of elected officers is: Patricia Solari, President; Brant Free, Vice President; Jean Autrey, Treasurer; and Barbara Holte, Secretary.
 
The wonderful “thing” about Pablo Picasso is that his many different periods show us a completely different artist!  His early work is traditional, landscapes and still life in a very painterly mode; he moves into color change, cubism and line drawings very naturally, exploring each with a volume of work.  This amazing artist had a life that we rarely hear about, and that is part of the wonder of this film.
 
Born in Málaga, Spain, in 1881, Pablo Picasso, became one of the greatest and most influential artists of the 20th century and the creator (with Georges Braque) of Cubism. A Spanish expatriate painter, sculptor, printmaker, ceramicist and stage designer, Picasso was considered radical in his work. After a long prolific career, he died on April 8, 1973, in Mougins, France. The enormous body of Picasso’s work remains, however, and the legend lives on—a tribute to the vitality of the “disquieting” Spaniard with the “sombrepiercing” eyes who superstitiously believed that work would keep him alive. For nearly 80 of his 91 years, Picasso devoted himself to an artistic production that contributed significantly to—and paralleled the entire development of modern art .
 
Watching this film will inspire the artist’s use of color, space, weirdness and creativity. The film is 52 minutes long.   All Rossmoor residents and friends are welcome.  After the film there will be a hospitality reception in Art Studio Two. Come for conversation and refreshments served by Nancy Cook and her hospitality committee.  For further information, please contact Cecelia Wambach, Program Chair, [email protected] or 415-531-5442.
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