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Artist Profile: Pablo Picasso

Pablo Picasso is arguably one of the most iconic painters of the 20th century.


His work has inspired artists across the globe for decades. In this blog, we are going to be discussing Picasso and how important his legacy is to the art community.


Pablo Picasso’s full name is 23 names long! His full name is Pablo Diego José Francisco de Paula Juan Nepomuceno María de los Remedios Cipriano de la Santísima Trinidad Martyr Patricio Clito Ruíz y Picasso.


His first word as a child was “piz” short for “lapiz” translating to “pencil” in Spanish. This fact was told by his mother.


At the age of 7, Picasso created his first painting and called it “The Little Yellow Picador”. Across his incredible career, Pablo produced approximately 50,000 pieces of art from paintings to ceramics, some of these pieces can be visited in art galleries across the world but most of them are proudly shown in the Museo Picasso in Barcelona.


Another talent that Picasso showed to the world was his poetry. This was something that he loved. He wrote over 300 poems and even composed a play! This play was called “Desire Caught by the Tail.”


From 1901-1906, Picasso had 2 separate types of colour in his paintings. These were called the Blue Period and the Rose Period. These choices of shades were used to portray his feelings.


The blue reflected his grief over the loss of a close friend. This period ended when he met his first lover, the pink reflects the romance and happiness in his life.


In 1911, Picasso was accused of being involved in the theft of the Mona Lisa. This was insinuated after he declared “Good artists copy, great artists steal!”


Pablo Picasso was the first living artist to have a piece of art shown in the Louvre Museum. This was back in 1971 in honour of his 90th birthday.


Unfortunately, a lot of his work was stolen or lost and is still misplaced to this day.


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