Hidden beneath the brush strokes of Pablo Picasso’s 1902 oil painting La Miséreuse accroupie (The Crouching Beggar) lies the work of another Barcelona, Spain, artist. And the underlying work seems to have inspired some of Picasso’s artistry. Mountains in the original painting—a landscape scene—became the outline of the back of the subject in Picasso’s work, which depicts a crouching, cloaked woman.
The discovery allows us “to look inside Picasso’s head and get a sense of how he was making decisions as he was painting the canvas,” says Marc Walton, a cultural heritage scientist at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, and a lead researcher on the study. “He reworked, he labored on painting this individual element, but then chose to abandon it at the end.”
Picasso reworked images of other artists for inspiration! Whether it be a Spanish or French artist, Picasso used their work to get ideas and inspiration for his works. Unleash creativity by finding inspirational ideas from others, then innovate them. We need to study competition, learn from them, and use this material as inspiration as we come up with new ideas, services, and products for our clients.
Picasso worked hard, he labored! There are no shortcuts to greatness and all of us must remember that. We can work smarter and more efficient, however, in the end we will get what we sow. As I travel this country speaking to businesses, organizations, and schools the most successful groups all share a common trait: A great work ethic.
Finally, Picasso used these fellow artists as inspiration and then at the end of his work he abandoned their work and made it his own. For many of us, our canvas is the meeting room and this is where we can create our masterpieces that are reworked, labored, and abandoned!
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