Today would be the 133rd birthday of painter Pablo Picasso:
Pablo Ruiz y Picasso, also known as Pablo Picasso (25 October 1881 – 8 April 1973) was a Spanish painter, sculptor, printmaker, ceramicist, stage designer, poet and playwright who spent most of his adult life in France. As one of the greatest and most influential artists of the 20th century, he is known for co-founding the Cubist movement, the invention of constructed sculpture, the co-invention of collage, and for the wide variety of styles that he helped develop and explore.
Below is a photo of a popular aquarium fish that was apparently named after Picasso.
Isn’t it beautiful? The Picasso Triggerfish is also known, in Hawaiian, as the humuhumunukunukuāpuaʻa. Now there’s a mouthful!
Was the fish named after the artist because they share physical characteristics (schnozz and eyes) or because the fish is brightly “painted?” Your guess is as good as mine.
Below is an image of a crater on the planet Mercury, which was also named after Picasso:
It’s hard to determine whether or not the crater was named for Picasso on account of any similarity between the crater’s features and, perhaps, Picasso’s; but apparently geological features on Mercury are named for
deceased artists, musicians, painters, and authors who have made outstanding or fundamental contributions to their field and have been recognized as art historically significant figures for more than 50 years.
Volcanic activity caused the strange characteristics of this particular crater. One blogger wrote:
Features like this are important to planetary scientists because they indicate the existence of subsurface volcanic activity at some point in Mercury’s geologic past. That it’s got a funny shape is just coincidentally amusing. …
I guess it kind of makes the crater look like a face too. If your sense of humor is more G-rated than mine.
I don’t know what that writer sees, but I do perceive a face there, at least a face as Picasso was wont to render them:
The Cubists did, however, look to the art of other peoples for inspiration. Perhaps they were also inspired by roadkill:
Don’t get me wrong. I do love Picasso’s work, which seems to render three-dimensional objects in two dimensions. That smashed alligator is a reasonable facsimile of the style.
Below is a photo of Picasso with two of his avant garde pals, in 1916:
Apropos of nothing: