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Famous Works of Pablo Picasso

Famous Works of Pablo Picasso

Pablo Picasso was a famous Spanish-French Painter in the late 19th and early 20th century. Pablo Picasso’s works can be seen in many museums and galleries all over the world today. He is best known for co-creating the art style of cubism. His most famous works of art were possibly The Old Guitarist, which was in his Blue Period and Les Demoiselles d’Avignon, which was in his Cubism Period. Picasso was not just a famous painter, but also did some sculpture and printmaking as well. He is better known for his paintings rather than his sculpture, though.

Pablo R. Picasso was born on October 25, 1881 in Malaga, Spain to his parents Maria Picasso Lopez and Jose Ruiz Blasco. His father Jose, who was an art teacher, moved his family to the port of La Coruna and in 1895 he moved them again to Barcelona, Spain, where he was hired to be a Professor in the School of Fine Arts. That same year, Picasso, now 14, passed the school entrance examination, and enrolled in the School of Fine Arts. Two years later, he went to Madrid to study at the Royal Academy, only to return just a few months later. He returned to Barcelona to go to the Els Quatre Gats, where many poets, artists, and critics met to discuss ideas from countries outside Spain. Although Picasso made many friends in Barcelona and Madrid, in 1904 Picasso left Spain to settle permanently in Paris.

In Paris, Picasso rented an old run-down building in Montmarte called the Bateau Lavoir. This started the Blue Period of Picasso’s painting life. It was in this period which Picasso expressed beggars, outcasts, and cripples in a heavy blue shaded paintings. One of the most famous of these is The Old Guitarist. The Blue period eventually gave way into the Rose Period in which he painted in more brown and pink colors, local cafes and countryside. He lived in Paris for five years in material poverty but still painting. While in this part of Paris, Picasso met Gertrude and Leo Stein, the famous poet critic Guliaume Apolliaire, and his mistress Fernande Olivier, a person who was the subject of many of Picasso’s works. But most importantly he met Georges...

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