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Pablo Picasso 1881 - 1973

Pablo Picasso in 1962

Pablo Picasso was born more than 120 years ago (1881) in Malaga, Spain.

He is famous for being the co-founder of Cubism which is a style of painting where objects of the painting subject are broken up and re-painted in an abstract form.

When Pablo was age 7 his father (who was also a painter) gave him artistic training in figure drawing and oil painting.

Later on Pablo studied art in Madrid and then went to Paris when he was about 19. In 1900 Paris was considered the art capital of Europe.

Picasso's work is divided into periods - The Blue Period (1901-1904), which were sad looking paintings using blue and blue-green colours.
The Rose Period (1905-1907), which was a more happy style with orange and pink colours. The African-influenced Period (1908-1909) and The Cubism Period (1909- 1919)

 

Through-out his life Picasso also did ceramic and bronze sculptures, drawings, etchings and poetry. He also did paintings of other famous artist's paintings but in his own style. 

He died (heart attack) in 1973 Age 91 - His final words were "Drink to me, drink to my health, you know I can’t drink any more."

Self Portarit - Blue Period    Old Guitarist    Picasso Three Musicians    Still Life with Guitar    Marie-Therese Walter    The Doves
Self Portrait 1901     Old Guitarist 1903        Three Musicians 1921       Still Life with Guitar 1922    Marie-Therese        The Doves 1937
                                                                                                         Walter 1937 

 

Unusual Facts About Picasso

Pablo's real name is Pablo Diego José Francisco de Paula Juan Nepomuceno María de los Remedios Cipriano de la Santísima Trinidad Clito Ruiz Picasso. A lot of the names are of saints and relatives.

According to his mother, Pablo's first words were "piz, piz", which is short for lapiz - Spanish for 'pencil' 

Some of his paintings are amongst the most expensive in the world.

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