Pablo Picasso

Spanish painter and sculptor (1881–1973)

Pablo Ruiz Picasso (October 25, 1881 – April 8, 1973) was a Spanish painter and sculptor.[2] He created over 20,000 works of art.[3] He was 91 when he died.

Pablo Picasso
Portrait de Picasso, 1908.jpg
Picasso in 1908
Pablo Diego José Francisco de Paula Juan Nepomuceno María de los Remedios Cipriano de la Santísima Trinidad Ruiz y Picasso[1]

(1881-10-25)25 October 1881
Málaga, Spain
Died8 April 1973(1973-04-08) (aged 91)
Mougins, France
Resting placeChâteau of Vauvenargues
Pablo Picasso (1962)

He is considered one of the greatest artists of the 20th century.[4][5][6] He co-founded the style of art called cubism.[4] In cubist art, the artist breaks objects into pieces and reassembles them in abstract and geometric form.[7][8] Picasso could draw and paint when he was very young. His first word was lápiz, the Spanish word for "pencil".[9][10]

Perhaps his most famous painting is Guernica, which shows the horrors of war after the bombing of the town of Guernica.[11] He spent most of his life in France when he was an adult.

He was 90 years old when the Louvre in Paris showed many of his works. He was the first living artist to have an exhibition at the Louvre.[12]

Picasso had four children with three women. He died of heart failure in Mougins, France, on April 8 1973.


Pablo Picasso was born on October 25, 1881 in Málaga, Spain.[13] His father was a painter and teacher José Ruiz Blasco and his mother was María Picasso López. Until 1898, he signed his pictures with the names of his father and of his mother. After around 1901, he only used his mother's name.[3] At the age of eight, Picasso created his first oil painting called "The Picador". In 1891, Pablo moved with his family to Northern Spain, where his father taught at the Instituto da Guarda. One year later, Pablo studied at this institute.[14] Pablo's father was his teacher at this time.[4] In 1896, he started to attend the art school in Barcelona after passing the entrance examination.[15] One year later in 1897, Picasso started to study at the Academia San Fernando in Madrid.[16] In 1898, he left the academy and went to a rest to Horta de Ebro. In 1900, he published his first illustrations in a newspaper in Barcelona.[12] This exhibition had over 60 portraits.[4]

Beginning of the careerEdit

Picasso first travelled to Paris[13] in 1900. In Paris, he lived with Max Jacob, a poet and journalist. When Max was working during the day, Pablo slept and when Max slept at night, Pablo worked. Picasso had to burn his paintings to keep himself warm.[6] Lovers in the Street and Moulin de la Galette are examples of his Paris work from this time. Both pictures were painted in 1900.[4]

He went back to Madrid in 1901 where he worked for a newspaper called Arte Joven.[4][6] He was responsible for illustrations. At this time, he shortened his signature from "Pablo Ruiz y Picasso"[6][12] to "Picasso". This is the time his so-called Blue Period started. The two 1903 paintings, The Soup and Crouching Woman, are examples. His Blue Period ended in 1904 when he settled in Paris.

In 1905, Picasso made a trip to Holland.[14] In the same year, Pablo's "Rosa Period" started. During this period, Picasso mostly painted circus performers.[13] Girl Balancing on a Ball and The Actor are two early paintings from this time. This period lasted until 1907.[13]

Picasso's Cubism period started in 1909 and ended around 1912. This period was inspired by the French painter Paul Cézanne. This period is called Cubism because of the use of cubes and other shapes. During this time, Picasso painted musical instruments, still life objects, and also his friends.[3]

Picasso had his first exhibition in the United States in 1911. One year later in 1912, he had his first exhibition in Great Britain.[12] Pablo's father died in May 1913.[14]

During the First World WarEdit

From 1912 to 1919 was Picasso's so called Synthetic Cubism Period. During this time, he started to use collages in his paintings.[6] His works from this time are called papiers collés.[13] He spent his time during the First World War in Rome.[12] In 1914, Picasso spent the whole summer in Avignon.[17] In 1915, he started to paint realistic again.[13][17] At the end of 1915, his wife Eva died.[18] During the World War, he also worked as a designer for Sergey Diaghilev.[3]

In 1917, Picasso met Olga Koklova, a Russian dancer. In the same year, he painted several realistic portraits of her and their friends. One year later, he married her.[3] The last summer of the wartime, Picasso and his wife spent in Barcelona and Biarritz.[12]

After the First World WarEdit

The painting Guernica by Pablo Picasso (1937) on a wall

In 1921, Picasso's son Paul was born. After this, he painted several paintings with his wife and his son.[12] Paul was Picasso's only legitimate son (only son born to a woman he had married).[19] In 1925, his art was in the first Surrealist exhibition in Paris.[12] Between 1924 and 1926, Picasso preferred to paint abstract still lives. In 1927, he met Marie-Thérèse Walter. She became his model and mistress.[13] In 1928, he began to make sculptural works.[12] In 1931, he left his wife and moved with his mistress to Boisgeloup. There they lived in a country home. There, Picasso had a room for his sculptures only.[20] Since 1932, he used Marie-Thérèse as a model.[12] During a travel in Spain, he started to paint bullfights.[13] In 1935, Picasso's daughter, Maïa, was born.[3] At this time, he got divorced from his wife because of the birth of Maïa.[12] In 1936, Picasso got a job as director of the Prado-Museum in Madrid.[13] During this time, the Spanish Civil War started. German bombs fell on Guernica in Spain on 26 April 1937. Picasso used this impact to paint one of his most famous paintings, Guernica.[21] This painting was completed in about 2 months. It was first shown in the Spanish Pavilion in Paris in 1937.[3]

During the Second World WarEdit

In 1938, Picasso's mother died. When the Second World War started on the 1st of September 1939, Picasso returned to Paris.[12] Around 1943, he met the painter Françoise Gilot. She bore him one son and one daughter.[3] In 1941, he wrote his first play "Le désir attrapé par la queue" (English: Desire Caught by the Tail). It was first shown in 1944.[13][22] Also in 1944, Picasso joined the communist Party.[12] Picasso spent almost the full war time in Paris.[23][24]

After the Second World WarEdit


On 8 April 1973, Pablo Picasso died due to heart failure at the age of 91 years in Mougins, France.

Related pagesEdit


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