Picasso plain bull

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By coincidence, Picasso’s bulls that we just saw in Chicago on exhibit are pictured in a book Andres is reading right now, “The 5 Elements of Effective Thinking”; commentary from pages 29-30 of the book:

Picasso’s work – just plain bull.

In 1945 through 1946, Pablo Picasso produced a powerful series of drawings of bulls. When you arrange his bulls in order of detail the most detailed is a realistic drawing of a bull. All the features are there. Then, in a series of 18 drawings, Picasso step by step simplifies the previous image. The shading of the hide vanishes. The details of the muscle disappear. The texture is gone. The three-dimensionality evaporates. By the 18th bull, we see a line drawing – a simple image consisting of 10 curves and 2 ovals. But those 12 marks distill the essence of that bull – its strength and masculinity. The clutter is gone; the essence remains.

This final image was the only one in the series that Picasso entitled the bull. By systematically cutting peripheral parts (being careful not to turn the bull into a cow), we force ourselves to appreciate what’s important. Isolating those elements can give a great deal of focus to life decisions.

“There is no abstract art. You must always start with something. Afterward you can remove all traces of reality.” – Pablo Picasso

(end quote from book)

I think this says something about the relationship of the ideal (designed) to the real (captured),and directiveness to both.

We look at a bull and understand the bull in a certain way (ideal) while the bull remains exactly what it is (reality).

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