Changing Art Changing Times

Pablo Picasso: A Woman in White
Pablo Picasso: A Woman in White

When you toss a coin, it will not always land on heads. Not all paintings will be a masterpiece~Lynn Burton

Many artist change in time, from the time they begin their life of art to the time they pass. They do so by their life experiences, the people with which they associate, influencing world changes, studies, and experimentation.

If you study some of the early works of the masters, you will see they are quite different from their later works. In many of them, you can see a great transition as they progressed through their art life. Much of this was done because they habitually experimented with new ideas.

The world of art was such an experimenting phenomena from the late 19th century to the early to mid 20th century it was defined by schools~id est, Soup Can School of Art (1960s).

Andy Warhol: Small Torn Campbell's Soup Can (Pepper Pot)
Andy Warhol: Small Torn Campbell’s Soup Can (Pepper Pot)

Although there are hundreds of artists one can select to represent these great experimenters of different styles of art, I have selected the artist, Pablo Picasso, as a perfect example of the phenomena of change. His artwork defines him. His work is known in periods. In 1890, he was a realist and naturalist, and after this he was the Picasso we all know.

L Vie
La Vie: Pablo Picasso (Represents the “Blue Period”
  • The Blue  Period (1901-1904)
  • The Rose Period (1904-1906)
  • African Art (1907-1909)
  • Analytic Cubism (1909-1912)
  • Synthetic Cubism(1912-1919)
Picasso - Cubism
Les Demoiselles d’Avignon: Pablo Picasso, 1907 (African art Influence)

Again, the reason for using Picasso for an example of “growing” in his different styles of artwork which he not only experimented with, but also perfected and helped change the world of art as we knew it before his time, was to explain that most all artists experiment until they are satisfied with their work. In many cases, this takes a lifetime, and is a lifetime adventure.

Talking about experimenting with art, often a phone call comes from my brother, Texas artist Lynn Burton. The phone call usually starts with some excitement of a new technique he’s experimenting with, or a different medium, or a new material he is using as a substrate, and in some instances a substrate he personally has created. It could be some form of cement, plastic, wood, metal, or anything he can imagine. If it holds paint, then it’s something in which he is interested.

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Artist Lynn Burton posing with oil painting
Artist Lynn Burton posing with oil painting


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