CELEBRATING 50 YEARS
“Death holds no fear for me,” Picasso was quoted as saying in Time magazine’s obituary of the artist. “It has a kind of beauty. What I am afraid of is falling ill and not being able to work. That’s lost time.”
In the years since his death, it is difficult to dispute Picasso’s influence. He was a painter, printmaker, sculptor, ceramicist, stage designer, poet and playwright. He co-founded the Cubist movement and paved the way for Surrealism. His impact on art was so seismic that historians have often spoken of art as it existed before and after Picasso.
50 years after his death what continues to drive the Picasso market endlessly forward? “There is a difference between art and decoration,” says John Szoke, a well-known New York dealer who is one of the most knowledgeable people on Picasso’s prints, “and that’s what makes Picasso so special”. “He was one of the most significant artists of the 20th century. He was not only a tremendous artist but he had his finger on the heartbeat of the times and his art, though not political, is a reflection of the times. His technical mastery is also unparalleled — no one was as technically astute as Picasso”, states.