On May 1, 2022, the Picasso Authentic Art Exhibition will be displayed in Zhuhai, among which the sculpture works with the theme of owls such as "Young Owl", "Owl" and "Colored Bird" are particularly eye-catching. Many people only know that Picasso is a master of painting, but they don't know that he is also a sculptor. Owls are one of Picasso's favorite themes. In his works, you can often see owl shapes of different shapes. Picasso once said: "The owl is my soulmate. Whenever I encounter a bottleneck, it will spit a spherical bag and tell me what to do." According to records, Picasso did adopt an owl. . So why do owls spit out kits? What kind of relationship does Picasso have with it?
Love at first sight, first meeting on the banks of
On October 25, 1881, Picasso was born in Malaga, Spain. He has been fond of animals since he was a child. When I was in elementary school, a teacher at the school kept pigs, chickens, sheep, yellow warblers, bees and many other small creatures. Every day after school, Picasso would go to observe carefully. In addition to his homework, he learned a lot about small animals. .
Picasso's home was near a square where many suave pigeons perched. Every evening, he would lie on the windowsill, watch the pigeons dance on the plane tree branches carefully, and listen carefully to their low voices.
On May 12, 1943, Picasso was having dinner with friends in a restaurant on the left bank of the Seine when he saw a beautiful girl at the next table. He and the girl looked at each other, attracted to each other.
The girl, François Gillot, was 22 years old and had just made her debut in the world of painting, while Picasso, 62, was already famous all over the world. Despite the age difference in front of them, they started dating.
Although young, Gillot is very assertive and has a strong talent for painting. Every time Picasso saw her, it was like seeing himself back then. But he always felt that Gillot was detached from him, and because it was during the war, he was also very confused.
At that time, Paris was occupied by Germany, Picasso painted a "Guernica", which is a symbol of anti-fascism, and may be arrested at any time, but he has been sticking to Paris. In his heart, there is always a strong voice reminding: "Let's stay away from Gillot, don't delay her."
Day by day, Picasso felt that being with Gillot was as gorgeous as fireworks, but it was fleeting. . Gilot also admired Picasso very much, feeling that he had unparalleled creativity and wisdom.
One night in 1946, Picasso and Gillot were walking on the banks of the Seine together. When they passed a house, an owl suddenly fell from the roof. It turned out that one of its paws was injured and blood was dripping.
Gillot backed away in fright. Although she knew about owls, she had never seen them so close. The feathers around the owl's eyes are radiating, and the thin feathers are arranged to form a face plate. The face looks like a cat. Although it is injured, there is still a fierce light in the eyes, which makes people shudder.
Picasso, who had been fond of animals since he was a child, was not afraid at all. He carefully checked the wound of the owl, and immediately went to the roadside to pick some leaves of plants and rubbed them with stones. At first, the owl struggled, perhaps because the leaves stopped the blood, it stopped moving, and its eyes softened.
Picasso adopted this owl and gave it a cute name called Ubud. Under the careful care of Picasso, Ubud's body gradually recovered. Sometimes, it would fly around Picasso's head, but it never ran far. Picasso glanced at it and it would fly back and stand leaning against his fingers.
Picasso likes Ubud more and more, especially in the dead of night, he likes to confide in Ubud.
May 12 is the anniversary of the first encounter between Picasso and Gillot. Picasso decided to confess to Gillot on this day, but thinking of the current situation, there are still many concerns.
When the first ray of morning light had not yet lit up the village, Picasso came to the owl Ubud and asked softly, "Gilot and I have known each other for so long, you say, should I confess to her today?"
Ubud fluttered his wings a few times, but he opened his mouth and spat out an egg-sized ball. Picasso was taken aback, how could there be such a strange phenomenon? He looked at Ubud, which was nodding to him. He picked up the ball and held it in his hand. It was hot, and he suddenly understood what he should do.
In the evening, Picasso, holding flowers, rushed to Gillot to express his passion: "My dear, please marry me?" Gillot was stunned and asked shyly, "I've been waiting for your words for years, today How do you have the courage to say it?" Picasso laughed like a child: "Because, Ubud gave me a spherical kit." The
tit for tat, the
ceramic voice cherishes the year
This year, Picasso finally lived with Gillot. together.
That day, they went for a walk on the beach, Gillot walked slowly with a hat on, Picasso held a huge parasol behind her, and Ubud the owl flew from time to time on the umbrella, the scene was warm and romantic.
Suddenly, Ubud flew to Picasso's arm, shook his head gently, and nodded incessantly. Picasso's eyes lit up, and his inspiration suddenly burst out, and he immediately painted the famous "Woman-Flower" for Gillot.
At first, Picasso was going to paint a real face for Gillot, but after thinking for a while, he said, "No, this is not your style, and a realistic portrait cannot reproduce you at all. Although your face is a long goose egg, But I’m going to paint it cool—blue, and it’ll be like a little blue moon.”
He painted a piece of paper blue and cut it into ellipses of various degrees based on the blue moon concept. After all the cuts, he drew eyes, nose and mouth on each circle, then pinned these ovals on the canvas with needles and moved them up and down, left and right. After repeated attempts, he finally found a suitable position. Put it away, and said to Gillot, "Okay, this is your portrait."
He painted her entire portrait into a flower, deep and beautiful. But when he was painting, Picasso always had the shadow of the owl Ubud in front of his eyes. He knew that he was clearly painting Gillot, but he seemed to be painting Ubud.
The appearance of the owl Ubud deeply influenced Picasso. From November 1946 to March 1947, he created more than 10 oil paintings of owls based on Ubud. They either perched on branches, or In a cage, it is most common to stand on the back of a wooden chair.
Picasso likes Ubud more and more. He and Ubud have the same habit of nocturnal activities. Picasso also likes the tranquility and inspiration brought by the dark night. In 1948, Picasso and Gillot moved to the countryside in Vallory, southern France.
On the surface, it was a quiet day after the war, but in fact, cracks in their marriage were quietly emerging.
Within a few years, Gilot gave birth to two children for Picasso, and the task of caring for the children fell on her. At the same time, she had to be Picasso's muse, staying up late with the models, discussing or arguing about paintings, often until two or three in the morning.