One artist's life is so festooned with various "periods" that it reads almost like the history or Twentieth-Century painting. Coincidentally, his career started so near the start of this century that the comparison is often quite accurate. Although some may dispute it, the career of Pablo Picasso is very nearly Twentieth-Century painting in a nutshell. So pervasive was this man's influence that he could be said to have been a driving force in the progression of art in this century. Though trained in the academic tradition of Spanish art he arrived in Paris at the age of 19 around the turn of the century.
Picasso's Blue Period encompasses works from 1901 to 1904 and beyond the obvious color reference there as a strong influence from El Grecco andToulouse-Lautrec. His Rose period follows from 1905 to 1908 in which his works were lighter in spirit as well as in color. Shortly thereafter his interests turned to African art, though art historians have stopped short of burdening us with an "African Period". Les Demoiselles d' Avignon of 1907 was a merging of these two periods. And as a direct outgrowth of this painting, came Analytical Cubism, from which sprung Synthetic Cubism, and an almost endless array of other, lesser known "isms" used by art historians to try and further compartmentalize and analyze a career that as it evolved, gradually became came to defy analysis. The same could be said for the history of Twentieth Century art.