Pablo Picasso

Pablo Picasso

Pablo Picasso is undoubtedly the 20th Century’s most celebrated and influential artist. He was born in Malaga, Spain, in 1881, and after stints at art schools including the Royal Academy of San Fernando, Madrid, in 1899, Picasso abandoned formal education and moved to Barcelona to live among a community of raucous and intellectual artists. In 1904, Picasso moved to Paris, where his artistic life truly broke open, influenced by writers such as Guillaume Apollinaire and also Gertrude Stein, who served as a patron to the young painter. From this point on, as Picasso experimented, his work continuously evolved, in great part due to inspiration from the artist Henri Matisse. Around 1907, along with Georges Braque, Picasso invented analytic cubism, a style in which objects and figures were broken down into geometric parts and perspective was often greatly distorted. The artist’s most well-known example of analytic cubism, and one of his most renowned works overall, is Les Demoiselles d’Avignon, 1907, now in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art, NY. In 1939–40, that museum held a major retrospective of Picasso's work, and since then the artist has exhibited vastly throughout the world. In 1973, after a prodigious and revolutionary career, the artist died in his home in Mougins, France.

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The Nation | The Noisy Silence of Picasso’s Guitars

October 22, 2015

Picasso is a truly Protean figure. He manifests no “essence” that you can grasp in your search …

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