Pablo Picasso is arguably the most famous and most influential artist who ever lived. Pablo Picasso was born on October 25, 1881, in Spain. Pablo Picasso showed remarkable talent in art from a young age. Throughout his childhood and teenage years he demonstrated an ability to draw realistic paintings but during the first decade of the 20th century he moved to Paris and started experimenting with different techniques and ideas and his style changed from the strictly-realistic to the abstract. Pablo Picasso was an artist of many talents and mediums; he was a sculptor, printmaker, ceramicist, playwright, stage designer and poet. He is also known for co-founding the “Cubist” artistic movement and the invention of the collage. Pablo Picasso was a prolific artist throughout his life. He achieved praise and fortune for his artistic abilities and is now regarded as being one of the most iconic figures in 20th century art. Pablo Picasso died in France on April 8, 1973. He was 91 years old.
Below are some facts about Pablo Picasso:
• According to his mother, Pablo Picasso’s first words were “piz piz,” a shortening of “lápiz” which is the Spanish word for “pencil.”
• Pablo Picasso’s father was also an artist and a professor at the School of Fine Arts.
• Pablo Picasso was accepted into the School of Fine Arts academy when he was only 13 years old.
• Pablo Picasso was married twice and had four children by three women.
• Many of Pablo Picasso’s work are related to actual events. One of his most famous paintings, “Guernica,” was a symbolic abstract portrayal of the German bombing of Guernica during the Spanish Civil War.