Picasso Paintings



Pablo Picasso is undoubtedly one of the greatest artists of the twentieth-century. He founded the Cubist style of painting along with fellow artist Georges Braque. Besides being a master painter, Picasso was also a draftsman, sculptor and print maker.

Picasso was born on the 25 th of October 1881, in Malaga, Spain. His father, Jose Picasso, was a painter; he was also a curator in a local museum and a professor of art at the School of Crafts. Perhaps, it is not impossible to say, then that painting was in Pablo Picasso's blood.

The Growth of an Artist

Picasso had his first training in art – painting in oil and figure drawing – from his father. He painted in numerous styles, till he eventually invented one of his own: Cubism.

Picasso's paintings have often been categorized into five periods: the Blue Period, the Rose Period, The African Influenced Period, the Analytic Cubism period, and the

Synthetic Cubism period.

When the Great War broke out, Picasso remained neutral. He maintained the same stance during the Second World War and the Spanish Civil War as well. Though he did not actively participate in the wars, he reflected on the horror associated with them and the disillusionment that accompanied them. He was much disturbed, and his condition is apparent in his paintings of the time. Several of his paintings of the 1930s, deal with the war theme. In his Guernica (1937), he depicted the brutality of the Spanish Civil War.

Picasso was living in Paris, when the Germans occupied Paris, during the Second World War. His style of painting was despised by them, and he was unable to exhibit his paintings. Picasso retreated to his studio where he continued to paint. He also engaged in casting using bronze that the French smuggled to him.

Picasso's Personal Life

Picasso was no loner, and when he wasn't painting, he mingled with his close friends. He always maintained a number of mistresses. He married twice, and had 4 children by three women.

His happiness in his relationship with Fernande Olivier is depicted in his paintings of the Rose Period. In 1953, his lover at the time, Francoise Gilot, an art student, left him. This was a first for Picasso, and it made him aware of his advancing age. He realized that he wasn't, perhaps, attractive to young women anymore. A number of his drawings of this time depict a grotesque old dwarf.

Picasso, the Sculptor

In 1967, in Chicago, was unveiled a remarkable sculpture made by Picasso. The figure was ambiguous and has been interpreted as a bird, a horse, a woman, or simply an abstract shape. Picasso refused the money he was offered for his work, and generously donated it to the people of Chicago.

Picasso died on the 8 th of April, 1973, in France, with the words ‘drink to me' on his lips. And the world did.

This great Spanish painter has been celebrated for his versatile and rich artistic career. He produced about 13,500 paintings, more drawings than that, 2 original prints, 2 ceramics and 1 sculpture. Indeed, an unbeatable feat. Picasso was recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records, as the most prolific painter ever.

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