(Recount/comment by Edward Bituin 9 Blue)
Painter/Drawer: Pablo Picasso
Painting name: Crucifixion (Oil on Canvas)
Date Made: 1930
Surrealism, a type of movement that makes paintings look dream-like. This type of art movement helped with expressing the hidden potential of the unconscious/creative mind. In this painting of the “Crucifixion”, Pablo Picasso conveys the different stages of death and resurrection that Jesus went through using the art movement-surrealism. He distorts many things in his painting and includes various images and symbols about Jesus’ life. As you can see in the centre of the picture, there is Jesus nailed to the cross. Pablo tries to show the extreme pain Jesus is going through the position of Jesus' body as well as his facial expression. This painting shows the numerous events that happened leading up to his crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus. You can see the soldiers who threw dice and gambled for Jesus’ cloth, the stone on the top left to representing his resurrection, a person on his horse showing his disgust and hatred towards Jesus (pointing his sword towards him), a dove which represents Jesus’ resurrection and freedom (coming into heaven), etc. There are many symbols and meanings hidden in this artwork. Pablo utilises the use of colours to convey meaning into his masterpiece. The yellow colour which can be seen in the sky and on the soldiers can portray the betrayal of Jesus. The turquoise colour on the left that surrounds the stone represents the calmness after Jesus’ resurrection. The colour white on Jesus can mean the birth into new life (Jesus coming into heaven), peace (according to the community) and the innocence of Jesus. And finally, the red colour that is used in this painting can convey MANY meanings. The slight red colour in the sky (right) can represent the excitement that the people may have felt seeing Jesus dead. It can also represent the danger the community were in with Jesus gone and the hate the people showed towards Jesus. Whilst on the other hand, the red can also represent the energy, passion and strength that Jesus showed even though he was being crucified by his own people. It can also show the power of God that was before them on this very sad night. It could have meant that God was watching them (ex. The colour of the dove-dove can also symbolise God which means He was with them) .This is a very confusing/unconventional artwork to the untrained eye. However, if you look deeper into the painting, you will uncover many different meanings about the mood the crowd of people and Jesus were in during this sad crucifixion.
This is another great artwork by Pablo Picasso.
Features/techniques I can convey into my artwork:
From looking at this painting I have learnt many things that I can use to add into my artworks. I can use different colours to portray meaning into my artwork. Add symbols/objects distort images. Take advantage and use colour to add emphasis on different parts of the picture (ex. Jesus is the only person who is left out as white making him stand out). I can add lines to direct attention to an object that I want to stand out in my artwork. Use the body and facial expression to illustrate/show moods.
Pablo uses various techniques and drawings to make his painting look original.
This painting is an example of the utmost quality of surrealism used in a painting