The Fourth ''Consideration''
Picasso, origin e transformationParis 1900
Picasso's painting of the Last Moments hangs in the Spanish pavilion at the Exposition Universelle, and the nineteen-year-old artist makes his first trip to the city in the company of his friend Carlos Casagemas. After an academic start as a talented and precocious youngster, Picasso takes post-Impressionism to an extreme. Picasso paints Casagemas's dead body, and he paints it blue. Later, he was to say that 'blue is the colour of all colours', and he himself states that he altered the colouring in his painting after the death of Casagemas, who committed suicide in Paris in February 1901. Vivid colours had led him to foreshadow Fauvism, blue brings him back to the figurative world. He takes his inspiration from El Greco, Murillo and Raphael, turning to religious themes to depict the poor. Acrobats and circus figures, metaphors of the art world itself, were later to replace the down-and-outs. Picasso discovers drawing and the forms of a renewed classicism in them, discovering that what he seeks is to be found in a reflection on form. It is precisely when the young Picasso perceives the secret of form in the art of primitive peoples, between 1906 and early 1907, that he is able to invent the visual language of modern art.