Pablo Picasso

Pablo Picasso

Pablo Picasso (1881 – 1973) was a Spanish painter, sculptor, printmaker, ceramicist, and stage designer, one of the greatest and most influential artists of the 20th century. Picasso was born in Malaga, Spain. He showed a great artistic talent in his early years. At the age of around ten, he became his father's pupil. Soon he demonstrated his great creativity and ability to experiment, so his father did his best to help Pablo develop his talent and provided support for his son's first exhibition at the age of 13 in La Coruña.

In 1895 the family moved to Barcelona, where Pablo entered the local art academy.  The next stop was Madrid, where he entered the Royal Academy of San Fernando. However, he didn't like the education there and spent his time wandering in the streets, cafes, brothels, and getting to know the great Spanish painting. In 1899 he returned to Barcelona, and spent most of his time in the circle of Catalan artists and writers. In 1900 he had his first Barcelona exhibition.
After travelling between Paris, Madrid and Barcelona, and having his so-called Blue period, in 1904 Picasso decided to permanently move to Paris. This is where the time of his new spirit, the birth of Picasso as the founder of revolutionary art begins.
From 1909 to 1912 Picasso worked with Braque, and they founded analytical cubism - the style of art widely misunderstood by critics. He was a co-founder of the Cubist movement, constructed sculpture, collage, and the variety of styles. In the beginning of the 20-th century he made a significant contribution into the revolutionary developments in the plastic arts, as well as painting, sculpture, printmaking and ceramics.
Picasso remained an innovator until his death, and his works were surrounded by misunderstanding and controversy. He became extremely famous due to his revolutionary art, which also brought him a great fortune and made him one of the best-known figures in 20th century art. No painter or Sculptor, not even Michelangelo, has been as famous as Picasso in his own lifetime. He inspired almost every movement of the 20-th century. Les Demoiselles d'Avignon (1907) and Guernica (1937) are among his most famous works. 


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