“ART WASHES AWAY FROM THE SOUL THE DUST OF EVERYDAY LIFE.” ~PICASSO
PICASSO Picasso was one of the greatest artists of his time. He was born in 1881 and died in 1973.
PICASSO’S FULL NAME: ~PABLO DIEGO JOSÉ FRANCISCO DE PAULA JUAN NEPOMUCENO MARÍA DE LOS REMEDIOS CIPRIANO DE LA SANTÍSIMA TRINIDAD CLITO RUIZ Y PICASSO~ ~PICASSO’S NAME IS A SERIES OF THE NAMES OF SAINTS AND RELATIVES.
PICASSO Picasso’s image as an artist is one of infinite diversity including sculpture, ceramics, paintings and stage design.
PICASSO ALSO WROTE POETRY. BETWEEN 1935 AND 1959, PICASSO WROTE OVER 300 POEMS.
THE BLUE PERIOD (1901 – 1904) This is called, ‘Picasso’s Blue Period’ because many of his paintings in that time were in the shades of blue and blue- green. The subjects of these paintings included prostitutes and beggars. Blindness and poverty were a central part of this theme of his paintings.
PAINTINGS FROM THE BLUE PERIOD “The Blindman’s Meal” “The Old Man & The Guitar”
THE AFRICAN PERIOD (1907 – 1909) This is called ‘Picasso’s African-Influenced Period,’ where Picasso’s drawings were inspired by African artifacts. A good example of this period goes by the name of “Les Demoiselles d’ Avignon.” This painting actually shook the art world. The story goes that he hid the painting for a very long time & as he predicted, the painting definitely created a stir when it was first showcased.
“LES DEMOISELLES D’ AVIGNON” (“THE YOUNG LADIES OF AVIGNON”)
IN APRIL OF 1937, DURING THE SPANISH CIVIL WAR, PICASSO CREATED ONE OF HIS MOST FAMOUS WORKS. “GUERNICA” IS A HUGE MURAL PAINTING THAT DEPICTED THE NAZI BOMBING OF THE SPANISH TOWN BY THE SAME NAME. THE MURAL IS 11 FEET TALL AND MORE THAN 25 FEET WIDE.
IN HIS LATER YEARS PICASSO TURNED TO CREATIONS OF FANTASY AND COMIC INVENTION. HE WORKED IN SCULPTURE, CERAMICS AND IN THE GRAPHIC ARTS, PRODUCING THOUSANDS OF SUPERB DRAWINGS, ILLUSTRATIONS AND STAGE DESIGN.
PICASSO OFTEN SAID THAT HE WAS NOT AFRAID OF DEATH, BUT WAS OF ILLNESS. HE DIED AT THE AGE OF 91 DUE TO A HEART ATTACK.
ON THE DAY THAT HE DIED, APRIL 8 TH 1973, HE AND HIS WIFE JACQUELINE, WERE ENTERTAINING FRIENDS AT DINNER. HIS LAST WORDS WERE, “DRINK TO ME, DRINK TO MY HEALTH, YOU KNOW I CAN’T DRINK ANYMORE.”
Picasso’s paintings can be found in museums all over the world. The Picasso Museum in Barcelona, Spain claims to have the largest collection of his artwork.
“Art is a lie that makes us realize the truth.” ~Pablo Picasso