By Ariel Margolin
When comparing two of modern art’s most recognized names, Pablo Picasso and Andy Warhol, many often don’t know where to begin. I won’t be the “rotten egg,” so let me start.
Both men were known for being originators; Picasso made Cubism a household name and Warhol made Pop Art “pop.” Both men were also known for their portraits, albeit, in their own visions. Picasso’s famous Woman in Hat and Fur Collar is perhaps the best summation of Picasso: the warping of a portrait via the use of mismatched shapes, which somehow comes together in perfect stride. Warhol took a different approach by either taking a preexisting portrait and adding color and vivacity, or by taking a portrait and later adding “The Warhol.” Warhol’s Campbell’s Soup Cans shows him taking a picture we all know and then taking his brush to the paper.
Picasso’s art reflected all the swirling in Spain, and he gave us over 50,000 pieces, with most of them being small works. He is known for his exquisite detail, and he took his time with his renowned paintings. Although this has given Picasso comparatively few large works for an artist of over 70 years, what he has given us exceeds all of our pre-conceptions about what art can be.
Warhol enjoyed spending his time with the glamorous of his day, and he was likewise liked; the recent literature laureate Bob Dylan was known to frequent the Factory. With his art, Warhol sought inspiration from objects all around us, and he turned them into some of the most recognizable Modern Art.
If Warhol and Picasso are of your interest, be sure to check-out their art at the Museum of Modern Art located in Manhattan, only an hour and a half away from Oyster Bay. Till next time, I bid you all enjoyment of the arts.