Pablo Picasso

Pablo PicassoPablo Picasso is a world renowned Spanish painter and sculptor. He is one of the most recognizable figures of 20th century art and is best known as the co-founder of the cubism movement along with Georges Braque.

Picasso was born on October 25, 1881 in Malaga Spain. He was the son of an artist father named Jose Ruiz y Blasco and Maria Picasso y Lopez. His full name is Pablo Diego José Francisco de Paula Juan Nepomuceno Maria de los Remedios Cipriano de la Santisima Trinidad Clito Ruiz y Picasso.

When Picasso came out from his mother’s womb, he was believed to stillborn. Thanks to a brilliant doctor uncle, Salvador Quiz Blasco, revived him by blowing cigar smoke into the young Picasso’s lungs. The young Picasso was able to take his talent for art through his father who was working as an art and drawing teacher as well as a curator for a local art museum.

Picasso showed his passion for art at quite an early age where he already had quite a skill in drawing that his father further honed and sharpened by giving formal instructions as well as letting the young Picasso go through an art based schooling.

Pablo Picasso’s rise to the top was not that easy, after he studied art in Madrid, he went to Paris sometime in the 1900’s, supposedly to try out his luck in the art capital of Europe. Picasso began to work at night to make ends meet as well as to continue on his craft.

But there were times when severe poverty and desperation begin to catch up on the young Picasso that may have truly tested this brilliant artist to the extreme. The young Picasso even reached a point where he had to burn his other works just to keep warm during the winter.

Picasso began to get fortunate when he started a magazine together with a friend that he illustrated himself. It was during this time that he was beginning to be recognized and where his works began to be noticed. Picasso’s works are recognized today through different periods where Picasso was able to acquire different influences for his works.

There was the Blue Period where his works were characterized by the use of different shades of blue. It eventually progressed to the Rose Period where the dominant colors on his artworks took the friendly pink tone.

The next period of work that Picasso made concerned his development of the Cubism art style where the subjects of his paintings were reduced to their basic geometrical shapes instead of taking a more natural form. This led to other versions of cubism which made Picasso become a more recognized personality in the art world for his unique creations on canvas.

One of his most famous paintings is Guernica which Picasso did sometime in 1937. It was a painting that was done as a protest of an air raid on a Basque village during the Spanish civil war. It is a huge mural in black white and grey that features a dying horse and a weeping woman, symbolic forms that are repeatedly seen in his other succeeding works.

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