A 9-Year-Old on Picasso

Below is an article from our 9-year-old son, who has decided to publish under the journalistic nickname, “The Scoop”. 

"The Scoop" at Work

This is roving reporter Ethan “The Scoop” Goodell, reporting from Barcelona, Spain. The article today is about the Picasso Museum, called the Museu Picasso in Catalan. The museum is in the old town of Barcelona, which in Catalan, is called the Ciutat Vella.

When we went to the Picasso Museum, we went early in the morning on a weekday. We recommend you go on a early morning weekday, just like we did. We recommend it to you because there are a lot less people there at that time!

The way we got there was walking through narrow alleys. We were surrounded by old stone buildings. On the outside of the museum, it looks like an old stone building like the rest of the old city might have looked. But on the inside with the exhibits, it looked all fresh and new.

The original idea for the museum came from Picasso’s friend and secretary Jaume Sabartés. Sabartés was originally going to have it built in Málaga, where Picasso was born. But Picasso changed Sabartés’ mind and said that Sabartés should build it in Barcelona because of Picasso’s connection with the city.

At the museum, you will see Picasso’s paintings and sketches in order from when he was a child on to his later works. You’ll see some of his early sketchbooks and paintings from when he was a child, on to when he was older. You will see paintings from the Blue Period, Rose Period, African Influenced period and Cubism period.

In the Blue Period, you can see that Picasso is feeling a little down with all of the blue colors he used in his work. Next was Picasso’s Rose Period, which was the opposite of the Blue Period. It pictured colorful and happy themes, such as clowns and carnival performers.

Next, the African Period was influenced by African art, especially tribal masks. Also during this period, Picasso was developing what would become his cubist style.

Picasso, together with Georges Braques, went on to develop Cubism. With Cubism, they broke their subjects down into different shapes and put the pieces together from different angles. You can compare Picasso’s paintings from when he was younger to his later paintings and can definitely see the difference.

Me interviewing my dad:

“The Scoop”: “So dad how did you like the Museu Picasso?”

Dad: “Well, I loved it!”

“The Scoop”: “ Why did you love it?”

Dad: “ I especially loved seeing his early work from when he was a child, and how he changed and developed through the rest of his life.”

“The Scoop”: “ How would you describe Picasso’s art work?”

Dad: “ That’s a really broad question. But, I would say what stood out for me was his mastery of just basic art and how he experimented with so many different styles.”

My interview with my mom:

“The Scoop”: “So how did you like the Museu Picasso?”

Mom: “I really enjoyed it.”

“The Scoop”: “Why did you really enjoy it?”

Mom: “ I enjoyed seeing how open Picasso was to new ways of looking at art and his habit of being influenced by the other artists he met throughout his life.”

“The Scoop”: “ How would you describe Picasso’s art work?”

Mom: “ Extremely varied, experimental, intentional, and innovative.”

Well, there are two different people’s perspectives on the Museu Picasso.

In conclusion, we all loved the museum.

An article by,
“The Scoop”

The address is: Montcada 15 – 23, Barcelona
Hours: Open Tues. – Sun. 9am – 7pm

Wikipedia entry: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Museu_Picasso
Museu Picasso Website: http://www.museupicasso.bcn.cat/en/



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