Today in history: on June 24, 1909, the painter Pablo Picasso had his first art show at the age of 19. Picasso is a really famous artist who influenced art in the 20th century. His artwork looks kind of crazy at first, because he used new techniques to show a lot of different points of view in one painting. Another thing Picasso did was experiment a lot with different styles, and even with keeping art really simple, like just with one-line drawings. I think it’s cool to look at his drawings and see how some are really developed, and some are just fun and free. Check these out.
Looking at art is a great way to see different people’s point of view–paintings, drawings, sculpture–if you stop and think about it, and wonder about why the artist chose colors, or did it the way they did, it’s a good way to see a different point of view, kind of like reading a book. But one thing you must do is to look at all sorts of art or books–you may not like Picasso’s style, but find out why he created the way he did. His time period was crazy and did not have a lot of peace, so some of his paintings are meant to create that feeling.
I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it.
We’ve talked a lot about trying to see the world from someone else’s view this last month, and it’s important to continue it. Find stories, or art online that is from a different part of the world, or shows you someone else’s life story. To love people like Jesus did, we have to try our best to understand them, celebrate our differences, and stand along those who need it.
Oh, how wonderful, how pleasing it is when God’s people all come together as one
Psalm 133:1 (ERV)
Dear Lord, Forgive me for not caring about other people as I should, forgive me for being self-centered. Give me a new perspective for today. Amen.