Pablo Picasso


Artist Biography:

Today, Pablo Picasso is considered by many to be the greatest artist of the 20th century. He painted in a number of different styles and created many unique contributions to the world of art. Picasso was born in October 1881. He began to paint at the age of 7 under his father’s tutelage and later studied at the Barcelona School of Fine Arts. By 1899 he had set himself up in his own studio in Barcelona. Picasso at this time was frequenting the Circulo Artistico and Les Quatre Gats, where he became closely involved with other artists of the day. The new century saw Picasso dividing his time between Madrid and Paris. He worked through his “blue” period and by 1905 was producing the work from his “rose” period. In Madrid, Picasso experimented with the Pointillist technique. These periods were followed by Primitivism, Cubism, Classicism, Surrealism, Wartime and Late Works. One of his most famous periods is the Cubist period. In 1907 Picasso met Braque, with whom he found much in common as they were both striving to achieve the same artistic effect. Working together they evolved what is now called “Analytical Cubism”, the fragmented and geometric treatment of reality and the different views of the same image, which the Cubists encouraged in an attempt to portray volume without using perspective or contradicting the inherent flatness of the canvas. Picasso died after a long and prolific life on 8th April 1973 at the Mas Notre Dame de Vie.

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