Is it just my imagination, or is there a strong similarity between these two paintings? The one on the left is The Three Graces, painted by Rubens in 1635, and the one on the right is Les Demoiselles d'Avignon painted by Picasso in 1907. Was Picasso influenced by Rubens? Picasso's women are five prostitutes from a brothel, and Picasso's original name for the painting was Le Bordel. On the other hand, Rubens women represented the graces of joy, charm and beauty. I guess one could say these graces are represented in both paintings.
The thing I find interesting about the paintings is the negative shapes. If you squint ever so slightly, you will see the negative shape on the left is almost identical in both paintings, especially in the upper left hand corner. Also, the shade of blue that Picasso has used is in homage to the blue in Rubens painting. The two women on the left in each painting have a similar knee and foot as well, and in fact the more I look at the paintings, the more similarities I see.
I would love to have the opportunity to study art history, and especially the influence artists have on each other. I think much of it must be subliminal -- what inspired the artist to put his marks on a piece of paper? How does the artist use line, shape, color, composition? How does the artist develop a particular style? What makes a work of art a masterpiece? It takes more than talent; many great artists are not even able to draw, but they are able to create masterpieces, while other talented artists can paint a "nice" picture, but will never attain that level of masterpiece.
Where did I put my paints....