Picasso: the Secret Poet

Not only a visual artist but a written one too.

Emmy and Golden Globe nominated Actor Antonio Banderas will star as Pablo Picasso in GENIUS Season 2. GENIUS 2 will chronicle the life and work of the Spanish painter, one of the 20th century’s most influential and celebrated artists.

"The life story of Pablo Picasso has long since fascinated me and I have so much respect for this man, who also comes from my birthplace Málaga,” said Banderas

Picasso was a visionary, a poet and a master painter. He truly was a genius.

Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.

One of the most creative, inspiring and thought provoking artists of the 20th century, Pablo Picasso almost single-handedly changed the landscape of the art world forever.

However, his legacy as an artist often overshadows his other creative pursuit, namely his poetry.
Many artists branch out from a singular art form. Michelangelo was an architect, Salvador Dali dabbled in film and theatre and Leonardo da Vinci was an inventor famously quoting:

Learning never exhausts the mind

Picasso turned to the written word, with skill and experimentation. It is argued that if Picasso had not turned toward visual art he would to this day be remembered as a poet.

It’s not a surprise that Picasso took an interest in poetry. He spent his time in Paris surrounded by poets and artistic visionaries such as Andre Breton (champion of Surrealism), Max Jacob, Guillaume Apollinaire and Jean Cocteau. However, he first tried his hand poetry much later in life at the ripe age of 54.

His poetry is much like his art, straying and tearing down the usual or musical constraints of verse. His poetry is described as expressive paint strokes, where grammar, punctuation and structure are ignored.

… the street be full of stars
and the prisoners eat doves
and the doves eat cheese
and the cheese eat words
and the words eat bridges
and the bridges eat looks
and the looks eat cups full of kisses in the orchata
that hides all with its wings
the butterfly the night
in café last summer
in Barcelona
                                                    … outsized flood of doves released drunk on
the cutting festoons of prisms fixed to the bells decomposing with its thousand
lit candles the green flocks of wool illuminated by the gentle acrobatics of
the lanterns hanging from each arc string and the definitive dawn.

As hard as it is to determine a clear linear meaning behind the prose, this does not detract from the wordscapes Picasso has created.
Though his poems aren’t commonly accessible in English, his poetry is interesting and widely credited and should be seen as something far more than just dabbling.

I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it.

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