Who Is Pablo Picasso?

A look at the life and work of Pablo Picasso, considered by many to be the greatest artist of the 20th century.

The legend of Pablo Picasso began at 11:15 pm, 25th October 1881, Malaga, Spain, where his uncle supposedly saved him from suffocation at birth by blowing cigar smoke into his face and making him cry.

During his life Picasso passed through many phases, both artistically and personally, including Modernism, his Blue and Pink period, and Cubism, to name a few.

Picasso discovered modernism while recovering from Scarlet Fever at age 16. By this time Picasso was already recognised as a gifted painter and his work had been exhibited in Barcelona. Picasso was so excited about Modernism that he and a friend moved in 1900 to Paris to rub shoulders with the Modernist masters of the time.

The suicide of his friend in 1901 led Picasso into his Blue and Pink period where, as the name suggests, Picasso's paintings were predominately of these two colors. Two of his more famous paintings of this time are "Life" and The Tragedy.

By 1907 Picasso was turning art on its head by painting from more than one perspective, Cubism. His Cubism work is probably his most known and controversial work because it does not appear to reflect real life. It also led to some of his most colourful and expressive works, such as -"Weeping Woman" and "Woman With Pears."

Picasso also produced a large number of sculpted works, particularly in the 40s and 50s. He also designed and produced a large number of ceramic work.

The Second World War had an enormous impact on Picasso, and led him to designing the poster of the white dove announcing the World Peace Congress in Paris in 1949. He was an advocate for peace for the rest of his life following the war. He produced works of art protesting invasions and depicting the horrors of war.

By the end of his life Picasso was considered by many to be the greatest artist of the 20th Century and a genius. His influence is still felt today in much of modern art.

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