Astro-Notes: Modern Artist Pablo Picasso and Two of His Contemporaries
by Jude Cowell
In the natal horoscope of the brilliant American heiress and collector of avant-garde art Gertrude Stein we find an Air-Earth Sun Aquarius-Moon Virgo personality blend with mystical Pisces rising (00:21). When her portrait was painted in Paris by a young art genius named Pablo Picasso, the enigmatic Stein, no traditional artist's model for the woman-loving Pablo, was told by the artist that she would one day "end up" looking as he'd depicted her. As it turned out, Pablo was correct, and the professional support of his work by art collector Gertrude Stein, and her brother Leo, made all the difference to Picasso's financial and career prospects.
The tension between forward-looking artist Picasso and the older, traditional painter Henri Matisse (December 31, 1869 Earth-Fire Sun Capricorn-Moon Sagittarius RR: AA - both he and Picasso born with Jupiter in money sign Taurus and proud, egotistical Leo rising) provides a fascinating study of their era through the lens of world class Art. Matisse the master and thinker tended to lecture the young Picasso and talk down to him. Meanwhile, Picasso decided that Matisse was the last of the classical artists and that he himself was the first of the modern painters. Once again, Pablo the revolutionary with four natal planets in his career 10th house, was correct in his surmise.
Then as we see in his AA-rated natal horoscope, Pablo Picasso, born October 25, 1881 11:15 pm LMT Malaga, Spain; died April 8, 1973 Mougins, France, age 91), sported a steamy, intense, even scalding Water-Fire Sun Scorpio-Moon Sagittarius personality blend with, as noted, Sun-ruled Leo rising. And although the older, well-established Hennri Matisse cared not for a certain then-scandalous, boundary-breaking painting, Picasso's more primly renamed depiction of The Young Ladies of Avignon is considered to have heralded the very beginning of Modern Art.
Because as we know, Pablo Picasso was correct.