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Pablo Picasso

Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) was born in Malaga, Spain, to artist and teacher Jose Ruiz Blasco, and his wife Maria Picasso. A decade later, young Pablo Picasso learned how to paint from his father, who had been appointed teacher at the Da Guarda art school in La Coruna.

Later, when his father was appointed teacher to the La Lonja academy in Barcelona, and just a year later, Pablo was admitted to the drawing class of the academy after having shown tremendous aptitude.

Pablo Picasso the n took a trip to France where he discovered the work of master artist Toulouse Lautrec, perhaps it was Lautrec's fascination with the female form, and with street walkers in particular that influenced Picasso to paint Les Demoiselles d'Avignon", the piece which brought on his first big break.

1900 to 1907, saw Picasso's Blue and Rose Periods, and it was within this timeframe that the artist was fascinated by the dregs of society, he would focus on painting images of prostitutes, the poor, the unfortunate, and the street urchins.

He was working very hard during this time, illustrating magazines, and having his work shown in galleris such as Berthe Weill's, in Paris. It was also then that he met Guillaume Apollinaire, Leo and Gertrude Stein, and Henri Matisse, who was to become Picasso's long time friend.

Shortly after that, Picasso started the Cubist movement with fellow artists Georges Braque and Joan Miro. Cubism is best defined as the exact reproduction of an image as seen from different angles simultaneously. What made Picassos' cubist paintings is the amount of human emotion he would maintain within the multi-faceted figures.

Pablo Picasso had many women in his life, from Fernande Olivier, and Eva Gouel, to Olga Koklova, a Russian ballerina whom he had met around the same time he met composer Igor Stravinsky. Olga gave birth to a son, Paul; but Pablo left her shortly afterwards, and fathered a daughter, Maia, with Marie-Thérese Walter, who had also been his model, and was now his muse and mistress. Marie-Thérèse was also the mother of his son Claude, and his daughter Paloma.

Other Important women in Picasso's life include Dora Maar, Francoise Gilot, Jacqueline Rocque, whom he married at the age of 80.

One of Picasso's least endearing traits was his treatment of women. Perhaps the result of a life-long search for a soul mate, and his disillusionment at never being able to find a true friend. Picasso himself was quoted as saying: "I have had no true friends, only lovers."

During his exploration of Cubism, he created one of his most famous paintings, that of La Guernica. Like Salvador Dali's Soft Construction with Boiled Beans: Premonition of Civil War, La Guernica was a reaction to the horrors of the Spanish Civil War. There are several hidden images and symbols in the painting, from the mythological Minotaur to a hidden Devil head, all painted in drab earth tones.

Picasso did not only paint, he also transposed the concepts of Cubism to metal sculptures, and did set design for one of Igor Stravinsky's premiere performances, and sets and costumes for one of Eric Satie's. He also did sets for Jean Cocteau's play Antigone. He even wrote plays himself.

Pablo Picasso died at the age of 92, on April 8th, 1973 in his house of Notre-Dame de Vie.

Pablo Picasso was one of the most influential artists of the 20th century, his maverick attitude, although sometimes hindered by his violent temperament made him succeed at becoming one of the most valued and sought after, yet misunderstood artists.

"Art is a lie that helps us to realize the truth." - Pablo Picasso

 
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La Guernica (1937)
Picasso's reaction to the War is the subject of this drab colored painting, one can feel the chaos and futility of conflict which almost seems to have been applied in layers here, with hidden faces and symbols everywhere within this piece, which Picasso himself described as "a defensive weapon against the enemy.

Marie Thérese Walter (1932)
A portrait of Picasso's mistress, Marie Thérèse Walter, and one of his most peaceful, and erotic works.

The Old Guitarist c1903
Pablo Picasso's tragic and poignant "Old Guitarist" was created during his Blue Period (1901 - 1904), after a close friend's suicide plunged him into a deep depression. Only 20 years of age at the time, his already vast emotional range profoundly spoke through the painting's somber tones and expressive contours. An artistic genius, Picasso (1881-1973) is one of the creators of Cubism, and he dominated the development of the visual arts during the first half of the twentieth century. Picasso's body of work is so extensive that it included an estimated 20,000 paintings, prints, drawings, and sculptures.

Mediterranean Landscape
Pablo Picasso (1881 – 1973) was an artistic virtuoso who co-founded Cubism, and produced an astounding 20,000 paintings, prints, drawings and sculptures during his brilliant 70-year career. Picasso’s unparalleled body of work was so vast, and its phases so unique, that art historians have divided it into specific periods. A child prodigy, Picasso took advanced classes at the Royal Academy of Art in Barcelona when he was only 15. His revolutionary Cubist works, with their distorted shapes and fragmented forms, established art as a genre that does not need to literally represent reality. Zealously embracing every medium from primitive art to sketches to Surrealism, Picasso had an unrivaled influence upon 20th century art.

Guernica
Compelled to strengthen the emotional impact of his work with depictions of agony and destruction, Pablo Picasso (1881 – 1973) painted the highly evocative work “Guernica” which he refused to allow for exhibit in Spain until the overthrow of Franco’s totalitarian regime. Painted in 1937, Guernica was an impassioned protest against the bombing of the little town of Guernica during the Spanish Civil War, and contains allegorical symbols of the rage and despair felt during the crisis. Defined by the Cubist style that he pioneered, the painting is part of a torrential body of work containing 20,000 paintings, drawings, sculptures and prints.

Rest
A passionate man and artist, creative genius Pablo Picasso (1881 – 1973) often sensually immortalized the women he loved in his work. In “At Rest,” that energy and abandon is compellingly conveyed in vibrant colors and fluid lines that defy artistic convention. Astoundingly prolific, Picasso co-founded Cubism and vastly influenced 20th century art, producing 20,000 paintings, prints, drawings and sculptures.

Blue Nude c1902
Pablo Picasso (1881-1973), a twentieth century Grand Master who co-founded Cubism, was only 20 years old when his friend’s tragic death resulted in the subdued “Blue Nude. His “Blue Period” artworks, rendered in somber blues and greens, were part of an astounding 20,000 paintings, prints, drawings and sculptures he produced in his lifetime. Hauntingly beautiful and exquisitely composed, “Blue Nude” is one of Picasso’s best-selling pieces, and a testament to his ability to express complex emotions with one simple shade.

The Lesson
Pablo Picasso (1881 – 1973) was an artistic virtuoso who co-founded Cubism, and produced an astounding 20,000 paintings, prints, drawings and sculptures during his brilliant 70-year career. Picasso’s unparalleled body of work was so vast, and its phases so unique, that art historians have divided it into specific periods. A child prodigy, Picasso took advanced classes at the Royal Academy of Art in Barcelona when he was only 15. His revolutionary Cubist works, with their distorted shapes and fragmented forms, established art as a genre that does not need to literally represent reality. Zealously embracing every medium from primitive art to sketches to Surrealism, Picasso had an unrivaled influence upon 20th century art.

Three Musicians c1921
Often disguising himself as a harlequin in his artworks, groundbreaking painter Pablo Picasso (1881 – 1973) is the central figure in “Three Musicians.” Flanked by figures that may represent two of his poet friends, as well as a dog, the work is rendered in the strikingly intricate jigsaw style of Synthetic Cubism that Picasso co-founded. Monumentally influencing 20th century art, Picasso’s inexhaustible wellspring of creativity produced 20,000 paintings, drawings, sculptures and prints.

The Dance of Youth
The boldness of much of Pablo Picasso’s work is offset by the gentleness of his line drawings. Economical yet eloquent, Picasso (1881 – 1973) rendered the dove and children in “Dance of Youth,” with a poignant innocence and simplicity. Picasso’s artistic prowess emerged in his youth, propelling him to legendary status as the co-founder of Cubism, and one of the 20th century’s most dominant artists. His body of work, so enormous that it is divided into specific periods, comprises 20,000 paintings, sculptures, prints and drawings

Don Quixote c1955
"Don Quixote"- apparently sketched in only a few minutes, yet remarkably rendered - is a testament to the colossal talent of 20th Century artist Pablo Picasso (1881-1973). An unparalleled genius and innovator who profoundly impacted modern and contemporary art, Picasso co-founded Cubism, and produced an astounding 20,000 paintings, prints, drawings and sculptures during his lifetime. "Don Quixote," one of Picasso's most celebrated works, has become an iconic representation of the foolish yet noble hero in Cervantes' classic fable.

Three Musicians c1921
Often disguising himself as a harlequin in his artworks, groundbreaking painter Pablo Picasso (1881 – 1973) is the central figure in “Three Musicians.” Flanked by figures that may represent two of his poet friends, as well as a dog, the work is rendered in the strikingly intricate jigsaw style of Synthetic Cubism that Picasso co-founded. Monumentally influencing 20th century art, Picasso’s inexhaustible wellspring of creativity produced 20,000 paintings, drawings, sculptures and prints.

Tete d'une Femme Lisant
Pablo Picasso (1881 – 1973) was an artistic virtuoso who co-founded Cubism, and produced an astounding 20,000 paintings, prints, drawings and sculptures during his brilliant 70-year career. Picasso’s unparalleled body of work was so vast, and its phases so unique, that art historians have divided it into specific periods. A child prodigy, Picasso took advanced classes at the Royal Academy of Art in Barcelona when he was only 15. His revolutionary Cubist works, with their distorted shapes and fragmented forms, established art as a genre that does not need to literally represent reality. Zealously embracing every medium from primitive art to sketches to Surrealism, Picasso had an unrivaled influence upon 20th century art.

Bullfight III
Pablo Picasso (1881 – 1973) was an artistic virtuoso who co-founded Cubism, and produced an astounding 20,000 paintings, prints, drawings and sculptures during his brilliant 70-year career. Picasso’s unparalleled body of work was so vast, and its phases so unique, that art historians have divided it into specific periods. A child prodigy, Picasso took advanced classes at the Royal Academy of Art in Barcelona when he was only 15. His revolutionary Cubist works, with their distorted shapes and fragmented forms, established art as a genre that does not need to literally represent reality. Zealously embracing every medium from primitive art to sketches to Surrealism, Picasso had an unrivaled influence upon 20th century art.

Absinthe Drinker

Artisten 1905

Bacchanalia with Bull

Bather with Beach Ball

Bride 1969

Child on Mans Lap

Child with a Dove 1901

Composition the
Peasants 1906

Cote dAzur

Dora Maar

Dove of Peace

Enamel Saucepan

Enfant Jouant 1953

Evening Flowers

Face Dove

Family of Saltimbanques

Femme a La Fleur c1932

Femme Assise Dans Un 1941

Femme au Balcon c1937

Femme Au Jardin

Femme au Miroir 1937

Femme Couchee

Figure by the Sea c1931

Fruit Bowl and Guitar c1927

Girl Before a Mirror c1932

Girl in Colorful Dress

Girl with Black Hair and Yellow Hat

Girl with Red Beret

Half Nude Woman with Hat in Red Chair

Harlequin

Harlequin Musician

Boy with Dog

Interior with a Girl Drawing

Joie de Vivre

Kind Mit Taube 1901

La Bouteille de Vin

La Femme en Chemise

La Flute de Pan

La Lecture Woman Reading

LAmitie c1908

La Sieste c1919

Interior with Blue Chair

Le Sculpteur 1931

Les Demoiselles dAvignon c1907

Les Pigeons c1957

Les Tuileries

Matador

Matador e Femme Nue 1970

Maternity

Musketeer and Cupid c1969

Musse

Nude and Still Life c1931

Petite Fleurs

Portrait of Jacqueline Roque with Flowers

Portrait of Maya with her Doll c1938

Seated Lady in Brown

Seated Woman

Silenus Dancing

Still Life with Candle

Still Life with Cat and Lobster 1962

Still Life with Flowers and Lemons

Summer Bouquet

Summer Day

The Artist in His Studio

The Bathers c1918

The Bullfight

The Lovers

The Seated Harlequin 1923

Three Dancers c1925

Toros y Toreros

Vase of Flowers on a Table 1969

Vase with Flowers

Vase with Fruits

Vieil Homme Assis Mougins c1970

Woman at a Window

Woman Drawing in Front of Mirror

Woman in Garden

Woman Sitting Cross Legged on Pillows

Woman with a Blue Hat

Woman with Book

Woman with Pears

Woman with Sculpture

Women Running on the Beach c1922

World Without Weapons

Girl Reading
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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