The problem is how to stay an artist when he grows up. – Pablo Picasso
“As a child, I could paint like Raphael. It took me a lifetime to learn how to draw like a child.” (his journey into cubism began a little more classically).
Photorealistic painting is impressive at a technical level, but in itself does not express anything. Picasso did not challenge himself to be “bad,” Picasso explored what it means to see the essence of things. A great example is the Picasso bull.
If you look at the study, you will see that the first image is a beautiful image of a bull. Then he proceeds to study the essence of the bull in a series of sketches. What can you simplify? What can you style?
What can be missed … and at the same time clearly convey that it is a bull?
He does not become the worst artist during this study. He removes the bull until he can sketch it with just a few lines, but nevertheless clearly shows that it is a bull.
It is not just technical skill or the creation of beautiful things. Art is communication, and, like any other form of communication, there are different languages, different ways to say something.