Category Archives: Spanish Artists

Remedios Varo (Spanish 1908 -1963)

Born María de los Remedios Varo Uranga

Remedios Varo was born in Spain. During the Spanish Civil War she escaped to Paris with her husband Benjamin Peret a Surrealist Poet. However she again escaped to live in Mexico as a politcal exile and she stayed there the rest of her life. There she met other the artist Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo and Leona Carrington.

She developed a unique style all her own which was influenced by psychology, mystic traditions, pre-colombian art and surrealists like Breton, Picasso and el Greco. She often includes architecture, nature, and detailed line work in her paintings which critique science, culture and women’s roles in society and art. Ultimately she brings a deep curiosity and intrigue into the transformation from within.

 

Celestial Pablum 1958
Transito en Espiral
Still life reviving 1963
Woman leaving the psychiatrist's office

Visit to the Plastic Surgeon
Reflejo Lunar

Varo in mask made by Leona Carrington

 

 

“On second thought, I think I am more crazy than my goat.

-Remedios Varo

Pablo Picasso (Spanish 1881 – 1973)

Pablo Picasso is a fantastically famous artist, but most people don’t know the true scope of his work. He was extremely prolific creating of 50,000 works of art in many different mediums. I especially love his blue and rose periods. Of course his cubism and surreal images are awesome also, but his didn’t invent those styles. Many people don’t know that he also did sculpture. Also, his real name is Pablo Diego José Francisco de Paula Juan Nepomuceno María de los Remedios Cipriano de la Santísima Trinidad Ruiz y Picasso!

Pablo Picasso Paints with Light
Harlequin Family
Mother and Child
Picasso Progression
Jaqueline with Flowers
Girl on a Pillow

Chicago Sculpture

I could not limit myself to one quote from Piscasso, so here is a page of them. For 2 more pages visit: http://www.quotesup.com/ShowAuthor.aspx?Author=20452&Page=2

Quotes:

  • “Action is the foundational key to all success.”
  • “Ah, good taste! What a dreadful thing! Taste is the enemy of creativeness.”
  • “All children are artists. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.”
  • “An idea is a point of departure and no more. As soon as you elaborate it, it becomes transformed by thought.”
  • “Are we to paint what’s on the face, what’s inside the face, or what’s behind it?”
  • “Art is not the application of a canon of beauty but what the instinct and the brain can conceive beyond any canon. When we love a woman we don’t start measuring her limbs.”
  • “Art is the elimination of the unnecessary.”
  • “Art is the lie that enables us to realize the truth.”
  • “Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.”
  • “Bad artists copy. Good artists steal.”
  • “Colors, like features, follow the changes of the emotions.”
  • “Computers are useless. They can only give you answers.”
  • “Disciples be damned. It’s not interesting. It’s only the masters that matter. Those who create.”
  • “Every act of creation is first of all an act of destruction.”
  • “Every positive value has its price in negative terms… the genius of Einstein leads to Hiroshima.”
  • “Everything you can imagine is real.”
  • “Give me a museum and I’ll fill it.”
  • “God is really only another artist. He invented the giraffe, the elephantand the cat. He has no real style, He just goes on trying other things.”
  • “He can who thinks he can, and he can’t who thinks he can’t. This is an inexorable, indisputable law.”
  • “I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it.”
  • “I am always doing things I can’t do, that’s how I get to do them.”
  • “I begin with an idea and then it becomes something else.”
  • “I do not seek. I find.”
  • “I don’t believe in accidents. There are only encounters in history. There are no accidents.”
  • “I paint objects as I think them, not as I see them.”

Antoni Gaudi (Spanish 1852 – 1926)

Antoni Gaudi really broke out of the box and ran with all aspects of organic form.

It seems so much more friendly, fun and relaxing at the same time. The architecture is truly art. Imagine a world of integrated natural forms and all the possibilities.

Quotes by Antonio Gaudi:

“Those who look for the laws of Nature as a support for their new works collaborate with the creator.”

“Because of this, originality consists in returning to the origin.”

Salvador Dali (Spanish 1904 – 1989)

This is going to be a week of Spanish Artists I appreciate.

Starting with Salvador Dali – The King of Surrealism.

Baccanale

Gala Avec Symptome
The Meditative Rose
Dali and Gala

Salvador Dali Quote: “Mistakes are almost always of a sacred nature. Never try to correct them. On the contrary: rationalize them, understand themthoroughly. After that, it will be possible for you to sublimate them.” -Dali

Dali and Ocelot