Pablo Picasso "Art is a lie that makes us REALIZE the truth"

Pablo Picasso was born October 25, 1881, in Malaga, Spain. He was born to a professor of drawing named José Ruiz Blasco and Maria Picasso López. Picasso was taught by his father to draw. His great talent for drawing became evident around the age of ten. He soon surpassed his fathers ability to draw. In 1895 Picasso and his family moved to Barcelona where he enroled in the local art academy. After this they moved to Madrid. In 1897 Picasso entered the Royal Academy of San Fernando. However he found the teaching there stupid and rather than doing his work he would draw what was around him. In 1899 Picasso broke from his art school education. He started to live on his own and show his creativity in his paintings. He spent most of his adult life working in France. Picasso was extremely prolific artist. He created more than 20,000 pieces of art in his life. His ability to make art in many different ways made him respected artist in his lifetime. The value of his art and him as an artist has continued to increase after his death. The growth growth of his art has cemented Picasso not only as one of the most important people in 20th century art but also one of the greatest artist of all time. Not only was he an artist he was an innovator of art. He co-created cubism. The cubist art movement vastly changed the landscape of art in Europe. Not only did it inspire other styles such as Futurism, Dada, and Constructionist, Cubism has lasting effects of the art world today. Picasso was a notorious womanizer who had countless relationships. Picasso died April, 8, 1973, in Mougins, France.

Picasso's first period of his adult career was the "Blue Period" named after the color that dominated his work at the time. This period lasted from 1901 to 1904. Picasso was depressed by the death of a friend. His paintings are of poverty and anguish. the most famous painting from this time were "Blue Nude," "La Vie" and "The Old Guitarist."
After overcoming his depression in 1905, Picasso began his second period, The "Rose Period." He began to use warmer colors such as pinks, red, and beige. At this time he was also madly in love with a model named Ambroise Vollard. His most famous paintings from this time were "Family at Saltimbanques" (1905), "Gertrude Stein" (1905-06) and "Two Nudes" (1906).
"Les Demoiselles d'Avignon"

In 1907 Picasso created a painting that changed art in the 20th century. "Les Demoiselles d'Avignon," depicted five prostitutes with sharp geometric features, they were broken apart and reassembled in an abstract form. This painting is considered the first cubist painting and the inspiration for the Cubist Art movement. Picasso develop Cubism. The new style of rearranged shapes and collage like effects appalled the art world at first. However it quickly became integrated and seen as a revolutionary style.

Between 1918 and 1927 Picasso returned to realist painting. In his "Classical Period" Picasso became somber due to the outbreak of World War 1. His most influential painting of this time were "Three Women at the Spring" (1921), "Two Women Running on the Beach/The Race" (1922) and "The Pipes of Pan" (1923).

From 1927 onward Picasso became fascinated with surrealism. During this period of his art he painted "Guernica." Painted to show the horrors of war "Guernica" depicted human suffering in black and white. Picasso was outraged about the 1937 bombing by Francisco Franco's Nationalist forces on the town of Guernica during the Spanish civil war.

"When I was a child, my mother said to me, 'If you become a soldier, you'll be a general. If you become a monk you'll end up as the pope,'" "Instead, I became a painter and wound up as Picasso." -Pablo Picasso
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