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PABLO PICASSO 1881 - 1973

This is what the future is like, this is what the universe is like. 
It's not in the form that we see with our eyes, 
it is in the energy that is all around us.
self portrait 1901,
private collection

A Spanish painter, draughtsman, and sculptor.

According to his mother, his first words were piz, piz, a shortening of lapiz, the Spanish word for pencil.

As one of the most recognized figures in 20th-century art, he is best known for co-founding the Cubist movement and for the wide variety of styles embodied in his work.

Les Demoiselles d'Avignon (1907), Museum of Modern Art, New York

Among his most famous works are the proto-Cubist Les Demoiselles d'Avignon and his depiction of the German bombing of Guernica during the Spanish Civil War.

Picasso quotes: "Art is a lie that makes us realise truth."

Guernica, 1937, Museo Reina Sofia

"It took me four years to paint like Raphael, but a lifetime to paint like a child."

Stylish short film of Picasso's paintings and subjects

"Every positive value has its price in negative terms... the genius of Einstein leads to Hiroshima."

PETER Were you endowed with genius like Mozart and Einstein?
PICASSO All prodigies come down with tapes of their prior existences, still playing in their heads.  They are drawing on previous experiences.
PETER Tell us about your previous lives.
PICASSO I was a pre-Neanderthal, who recorded animals and migration paths on cave walls.  I was also involved with oriental calligraphy.  You put your energy into the characters, so that your message is conveyed on several levels at once.
PETER Tell us about your blue period that was characterized by subjects such as prostitutes and beggars.
PICASSO Within the intermingling of the blues, there was that which created a boiling, twisting, rolling energy that took a person and said, "If you want to experience the deepest interactions that can be had in humanity, jump in and join me.  You will experience sadness, deprivation and the dark side of human life."
PETER In 1906 you turned to Cubism.
PICASSO It was saying, "This is what the future is like, this is what the universe is like.  It's not the form we see with our eyes, it is in the energy that is all around us."  Cubism is about simplicity: the containment of various aspects of ourselves within cubes that lie upon various aspects of ourselves.  Each aspect has a colour vibration.  It is part of the sacred geometry that is a form of communication within the universe."
PETER You were prolific but did not care to sell a large quantity of your work.
PICASSO In some regards, yes, because I chose to be surrounded by the energy that came out of me.  Sometimes there would be so much of my energy in a painting or in a piece that, if I sold it, it was as if I had sold part of myself.  It was easier for me to give it into the care of another.
PETER In the non-material spirit world, how can souls visualize and appreciate art?
PICASSO There's a difficulty in answering that question because we don't have visual sight as you do.  We sense and live in the vibrations.  Each of the pigments within a picture gives off a vibration equivalent to the color within the spectrum.  We can stand energetically in front of a picture and know what is there by the vibrations emanating from it.
A more leisurely look at his paintings

Toni comments: When he talked about the Blue Period it was like a pall of depression over all, but it was an energetic thing, not something you might consider sad.  There was a depth of seeing things through the eyes of those down on their luck or depressed.

When he talked of the Rose period, it was as if there bright spotlights on everything and the sun had come out.

I even smelled flowers.

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