Picasso: The Context and the Clue
If you showed any 5-year-old around the western and developing world a 12-inch photo of a young adult woman staring blankly ahead with a lopsided smile and half a chest, they’d be able to tell you, without a doubt, that the photo before them was the Mona Lisa.
Try doing the same to some of the works of Picasso, and you get faces largely acute to the ones the late artist crafted.
The sad truth about Picasso is that he was, and is, an artistic genius who didn’t receive nearly enough credit for his worldly contributions. Picasso had the ability to transform the science of art into a mastered motif – one of poignance and self-reflection. (Don’t get me wrong, Picasso is worldly renowned, but he’s known simply as a pioneer, and not fully as a philosopher.)
Picasso had the rare ability to mold different methods of art — collage, cubism, surrealism — into a message so clear it became almost disturbing.
Case in point: La 'Joie de Vivre.'
To the wanton observer, 'Joie de Vivre' appears to be an expose´ on contentment and found happiness. The people are so overjoyed that their bodies are free; not human but animal, overjoyed with the joy of being.