Pablo Picasso

Painting, Visual Artist

1881 – 1973

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Who was Pablo Picasso?

Pablo Ruiz y Picasso, known as Pablo Picasso was a Spanish painter, sculptor, printmaker, ceramicist, and stage designer who spent most of his adult life in France. As one of the greatest and most influential artists of the 20th century, he is known for co-founding the Cubist movement, the invention of constructed sculpture, the co-invention of collage, and for the wide variety of styles that he helped develop and explore. Among his most famous works are the proto-Cubist Les Demoiselles d'Avignon, and Guernica, a portrayal of the German bombing of Guernica during the Spanish Civil War.

Picasso, Henri Matisse and Marcel Duchamp are regarded as the three artists who most defined the revolutionary developments in the plastic arts in the opening decades of the 20th century, responsible for significant developments in painting, sculpture, printmaking and ceramics.

Picasso demonstrated extraordinary artistic talent in his early years, painting in a realistic manner through his childhood and adolescence. During the first decade of the 20th century, his style changed as he experimented with different theories, techniques, and ideas. His revolutionary artistic accomplishments brought him universal renown and immense fortune, making him one of the best-known figures in 20th-century art.

Famous Quotes:

  • Good artists copy, great artists steal
  • I have a horror of people who speak about the beautiful. What is the beautiful? One must speak of problems in painting!
  • Now there is fame! Of all -- hunger, misery, the incomprehension by the public -- fame is by far the worst. It is the castigation of God by the artist. It is sad. It is true.
  • Everything is a miracle. It is a miracle that one does not dissolve in one's bath like a lump of sugar.
  • If everybody is looking for it, then nobody is finding it. If we were cultured, we would not be conscious of lacking culture. We would regard it as something natural and would not make so much fuss about it. And if we knew the real value of this word we would be cultured enough not to give it so much importance.
  • The people who make art their business are mostly impostors.
  • The artist is a receptacle for emotions that come from all over the place: from the sky, from the earth, from a scrap of paper, from a passing shape, from a spider's web.
  • Sculpture is the best comment that a painter can make on painting.
  • Accidents, try to change them -- it's impossible. The accidental reveals man.
  • If only we could pull out our brain and use only our eyes.

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Born
Oct 25, 1881
Málaga
Also known as
  • Picasso
  • Picaso
  • Pablo Diego José Francisco de Paula Juan Nepomuceno María de los Remedios Cipriano de la Santísima Trinidad Ruiz y Picasso
  • Pablo Ruiz y Picasso
Parents
Siblings
Spouses
Children
Religion
  • Atheism
Ethnicity
  • Spanish people
Nationality
  • Spain
Profession
Education
  • Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando
    (1897/09 - )
Lived in
  • Málaga
  • France
  • Madrid
Died
Apr 8, 1973
Mougins
Resting place
Château of Vauvenargues

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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