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Pablo Picasso was one of the most famous and influential artists of the 20th century. Originally from Spain, Picasso spent most of his life in France, where he created some of his most renowned artworks including Les Demoiselles d’Avignon, Girl Before a Mirror, and Le Reve.
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Key Facts & Information
EARLY AND PERSONAL LIFE
- Pablo Picasso was born ‘Pablo Ruiz y Picasso’ in Malaga in Andalucia, Spain, on October 25, 1881.
- He was born to Spanish parents, Don Jose Ruiz y Blasco, a painter and art teacher, and Maria Picasso y Lopez.
- Young Pablo was raised as a Catholic, but later declared himself an atheist.
- At age seven, Pablo began attending school in drawing and oil painting in the School of Fine Arts in Barcelona.
CAREER AND ACHIEVEMENTS
- “Whenever I wanted to say something, I said it the way I believed I should… Different themes inevitably require different methods of expression. This does not imply either evolution or progress; it is a matter of following the idea one wants to express and the way in which one wants to express it.”
- Art historians categorize Pablo Picasso’s career into a number of distinct periods. First, the Blue Period which lasted from 1901 to 1904, which resonated his long-lasting depression after he learned of the death of a friend, Carlos Casagemas.
- The Rose Period began in the fall of 1904 and ended later in 1906, which manifested paintings with bright colors, including pink and red tones. Picasso featured actors, acrobats, and athletes in his work.
- The African-Influenced Period followed next which became known as the first step to shape deformation. In Picasso’s first work, he attempted to paint the writer Gertrude Stein in a classical way. He then painted her 80 times.
- In the coming years, Picasso produced paintings in Cubism.
- From 1909, Picasso and fellow artist, Georges Braque, began to develop Cubism – a style of painting where the objects and subjects of the paintings and sculptures were broken down and re-assembled in abstract form.
- Famous Picasso Cubist works include Girl with a Mandolin, Le Guitariste, and L’homme aux cartes.
- Moreover, he also painted in other styles including classicism and surrealism.
- In 1936, when a civil war broke out in Spain, Picasso used his paints and brush to support anti-fascists sentiments.
- During World War II, Picasso was questioned by the German Gestapo because his artwork did not match the Nazi ideal. During this time he turned to poetry rather than painting.
- By the end of the war, he began to create ensembles of pictures and panels. Among his common subjects were nature, naked women, and fairy-tale creatures.
- He produced over 50,000 pieces of artwork in his lifetime, including paintings, sculptures, ceramics, drawings, and tapestries.
- Picasso’s early paintings in the 1890s followed the realism movement. This meant his paintings depicted real-life people and events.
- Picasso’s sculptures in the late 1800s were mainly made from wood or clay. From the 1900s he began to use more diverse materials, such as steel and wire.
- The ‘minotaur’ became a feature of many of Picasso’s paintings in the 1930s. The Guernica is the most famous example.
- From the 1950s, Picasso began to create more sculptures. Famous Picasso sculptures include Chicago Picasso, Woman’s Head, and She-Goat. The Chicago Picasso is a 50-foot sculpture that Picasso donated to the people of Chicago.
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- Pablo Picasso Facts
- The Name Picasso
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