E: Eleanor J: Jules
E:Jules, just look at this amazing painting.
J： It is amazing, but what is it exatly?
E: It's a Picasso! The style you are looking at is called "Cubism", it does look kind of strange, I must admit.
J: Yes, strange but beautiful. What's it called?
E: Let me see .... this one is Les Demoiselles de Avignon, painted in 1907.
J: 1907? That's one hundred years ago, but his work looks so modem!
E: Well. he was born in 1881 , so I guess all of his pieces are old. Did you know he created over 20, 000 paintings, prints, drawings, sculptures, ceramics, theatre sets and costumes?
J: He muse have lived to be a very old man to do all of that during his life.
E: He died when he was 92, so he had a long life, yes.
J: I heard he was a bit of a womaniser, he had many girlfriends, who he often painted and had many children.
E: Yes, that's true. But I chink he only married twice. His true love was a lady called Jacqueline, who he married in 1961 By then he was already 79 years old!
J: Oh, yes, I have heard of her, he painted something for her. I remember reading that in a magazine.
E: In the painting he was a faun. calmly and coolly gazing with mature confidence and wisdom at a nymph who blows her instrument to the stars.
J: So, the picture embraces his spellbound love for Jacqueline. How romantic !
E: That one was called Faun and Starry Night, he painted it in 1955 before they got married. Look, it's here in the book.
J: Yes, that’s the one! I know that one, but what’s this one? It says it was painted in 1929.
E: This one is called Nude Standing by the Sea, this one is very strange！
J: Look at her body, all the shapes are wrong, It is very striking though.
E: This is called " Surrealist Imagery" , where he distorted figures and morphed them together. He started it during the 1920s.
J: Well, it may be strange, but I like it. I think that Picasso must have been a real genius.
A bit of womaniser风流
毕加索，西班牙画家、雕塑家。法国共产党党员。是现代艺术的创始人，西方现代派绘画的主要代表。他于1907年创作的《亚威农少女》是第一 张被认为有立体主义倾向的作品，是一幅具有里程碑意义的著名杰作。它不仅标志着毕加索个人艺术历程中的重大转折，而且也是西方现代艺术史上的一次革命性突 破，引发了立体主义运动的诞生。这幅画在以后的十几年中竟使法国的立体主义绘画得到空前的发展，甚至还波及到芭蕾舞、舞台设计、文学、音乐等其他领域。 《亚威农少女》开创了法国立体主义的新局面，毕加索与勃拉克也成了这一画派的风云人物。毕加索的立体主义是探索出光是螺旋状照射的前身。他的抽象画已经基 本表现出太阳光是螺旋状照射的了。如果大家都有这个认知（光是螺旋状照射的，就不难理解抽象画作的叠加和分解了。）因为有这一认知，大家会改变过去对光线 是直射的这一错误的认识了。