The Artist Pablo Picasso

Pablo Picasso Paintings

Pablo Picasso Boy With Pipe
Pablo Picasso the Tragedy
Pablo Picasso The Old Guitarist
Pablo Picasso  Les Demoiselles d'Avignon
Pablo Picasso Boy With Pipe
Pablo Picasso the Tragedy
Pablo Picasso The Old Guitarist
Pablo Picasso  Les Demoiselles d'Avignon

 

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Pablo Picasso Self PortraitPablo Ruiz Picasso (October 25, 1881 - April 8, 1973) was a Spanish painter and sculptor. Known for cubism, the style he helped create, his art is some of the most well known of the 20th Century. Picasso’s work spans over seven decades and thousands of pieces. He is one of the most prolific and influential artists of the 20th century.

Picasso's father, Jose Ruíz, was also an artist from whom the young Picasso received his first art training. Pablo attended the carpenter schools at which his father taught and as an early teen passed the entrance exam to the School of Fine Arts with ease. Though he studied at Academia de San Fernando in Madrid, he did not finish – leaving before completing even one year. He was a rebellious youth and moved back and forth between Barcelona and Paris several times between the years 1899 and 1904.

These years also represent his first “period”, the Blue Period, and a time when the young Picasso ceased to sign his full name choosing instead to sign his work only “Picasso”. The Blue Period (1901 – 1904) is characterized by images containing shades of blue and a feeling of melancholy and despair presumably caused by the recent death of a friend. Paintings such as “The Old Guitarist” and “The Tragedy” with their gaunt and miserable subjects make for powerful pieces.

The Blue Period gave way to the Rose Period with its more cheerful subject matter and soon Picasso was experimenting with what would become cubism along with fellow artist and creator Georges Braque, a French painter and sculptor. Cubism, an important abstract art movement in the early 1900s, attempts to show the subject matter from many viewpoints using an abstracted form and random angles. His works “Les Demoiselles d'Avignon”, one of his earliest cubist pieces and arguably one of the best, is a fantastic example of the artistic genre.

Pablo Picasso’s work stretches across many decades and he continued his work well into old age. In the 1950s, nearing his seventies, he changed his style and began to interpret the works of some of the master artists including Manet and Delacroix. At the age of 85, he created a maquette or bozzetto (a small scale model) of a huge sculpture for the city of Chicago unveiled in 1967. In the last years of his life, ever changing his style, he became even more prolific creating 100s of images through paintings and etchings. Even in the end, Picasso was ahead of his time.

The artist is a receptacle for emotions that come from all over the place; from the sky, from the earth, from a scrap of paper, from a passing shape, from a spider’s web. - Pablo Ruiz Picasso

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Pablo Picasso The Tragedy
Pablo Picasso Les Demoiselles d Avignon
Pablo Picasso Garcon a la Pipe
Pablo Picasso The Old Guitarist