Pablo Picasso

Pablo Picasso was born on October 25, 1881 in Malaga, Spain. His full name is “Pablo Diego José Francisco de Paula Juan Nepomuceno María de los Remedios Cipriano de la Santísima Trinidad Ruiz y Picasso” his parents named him after several of his relative and saints.

His father was an artist too and a professor of art; art was such a big part of Pablo’s childhood his first words were to ask for a pencil! Pablo’s father was so proud he was an artist that they drew and painted together every chance they got. When Pablo was 13 his father declared that Pablo was a better artist than him!

Sylvette, 1954 by Pablo Picasso

Pablo was not a very good student. He was so good at art that he was often in classes with students that were much older than him. Pablo got put in detention a lot because he didn’t like being told what to do.

When Pablo grew up he moved to Paris and became very poor. He and his artist friends were roommates and during the winter they were so poor that they burned their paintings to keep warm.

Jacqueline Kneeling, 1954 by Pablo Picasso

Pablo loved all kinds of art so much that he sometimes used them in different pieces of his work. When artist are influenced by other artist or kinds of art they call it a ‘period’. Pablo had lots of different art periods during his life, some of them were Blue Period, Rose Period, African Period, Cubist Period, Neoclassicism, Surrealism, and Sculpture. When Pablo was very old he did art from all different times during his life.

When the ‘Mona Lisa’ was stolen from the Louvre in 1911 the police brought in Pablo’s friend Guillaume Apollinaire, for questioning. Apollinaire blamed Picasso for the theft, which caused the police to detain the artist. Both of them were later released.

Man with a Pipe, 1915 by Pablo Picasso

Pablo Picasso died from a heart attack in April 8, 1973 when he was 91 years old in Mougin, France. His paintings are some of the most expensive paintings in the world . Most of his paintings sell for more than 10 million each, and one of his paintings sold for over $106 million!

Portrait of Dora Maar, 1937 by Pablo Picasso
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