As a self proclaimed Artist Myself (one with bias towards the Modern side) I enjoyed the Modern spectacle of art that is the Tate Modern more than any other art museum I've been to before. I couldn't help but score a picture in front of a real live Monet painting of Water Lilies. What an extraordinary experience for any lover of art.
The two pieces of interest that I found were two different pieces with the same name and the same artist. They come from the series of "Bust of a Woman" By Pablo Picasso. One from 1944 and the other from 1909. These pieces in context were not near each other. Many artists had rooms if the grand scale of their paintings demanded it (like a whole room for Monet's Water Lilies, wow!) but these Picasso pieces were interestingly not near each other, on completely different floors, in line more with their respective movements rather than relation by Artist. I very much understand this, while they are both within the broad abstraction movement, one is a cubist piece, and the other is more in line with other abstracted post-modern works in the iconic freaky style of Picasso we love.
Picasso being the character that he is, the heavily scrutinized socialite, it’s an interesting insight into his development as a person over 35 years. Visually, they can’t be any more different. The strokes contouring the shape of the woman in the piece from 1909 visually creates depth within the picture. The warm monochromatic lighting contrasts with the colorful flat piece from 1944. Dating from the end of the Nazi occupation the abstraction of the figure is representative of the stylistic nature of Picasso’s development during the occupation.
The Tate brought me up close and personal with works of art I had only ever seen previously in textbooks. It was a surreal experience in every sense of the word (especially the artistic movement).