Pablo Picasso

Nationality: Spanish

Birth Year: 1881

Death Year: 1973

Place of Birth: Malaga, Spain

Biography

Pablo Picasso is one of the greatest artists of the 20th Century and a co-founder of the Cubist movement.

As well as being one of the most innovative artists, he was also one of the most prolific. He produced an estimated 20,000 artworks during his career including approximately 2,000 different prints.

Picasso was born in Malaga, Spain in 1881 to Don José Ruiz Blasco, an art teacher, and Doña Maria Picasso y Lopez. Early on, he exhibited artistic talent beyond his years and received tuition from his father from age seven. Following a move to Barcelona, Picasso attended the School of Fine Arts in 1895 and then Madrid Academy in 1897.

Picasso visited Paris for the first time in 1900 and returned in 1901 for his first solo exhibition at Galerie Vollard. He started his “Blue Period,” characterized by images of sad women and beggars rendered in various shades of blue. In 1904, Picasso settled in Paris.

Picasso’s “Rose Period” began in 1905, characterized by images of circus people rendered in a much brighter palette of pinks and oranges.

His 1906-1907 painting “Les Demoiselles d'Avignon” was a turning point that saw him develop a more revolutionary approach influenced by Negro art and the work of Paul Cezanne.

Picasso’s African-influenced work produced during 1908 and 1909 led to the development of Cubism. He met Georges Braque in 1907 and together they founded the Cubist movement. In 1937, he produced one of his most famous works, the Surrealism-inspired painting “Guernica,” in response to the bombing of the Spanish town of the same name.

Picasso is particularly well known for his prints and spent the first 40 years of his career exploring different methods of production. At the end of 1945, he started a residence at the Mourlot studio in Paris where he printed some of his finest lithographs.

Up until this point Picasso had only occasionally experimented with lithography. Once he realized he could rework an image on the same printing surface thus preserving the complete evolution of the composition he was hooked.

His most significant prints were part of the “Vollard Suite,” published in 1933 by Ambrose Vollard, a highly influential French publisher, and widely regarded as the greatest formal group of prints produced during the 20th Century.

Picasso died on April 8, 1973 in France aged 91

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 Femme allong? by Pablo Picasso

Pablo Picasso

Femme allong?

Christie's, New York

May 15, 2015

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 Cavalier en armure by Pablo Picasso

Pablo Picasso

Cavalier en armure

Christie's, New York

May 15, 2015

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 T?te de faune by Pablo Picasso

Pablo Picasso

T?te de faune

Christie's, New York

May 15, 2015

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 Picador et taureau by Pablo Picasso

Pablo Picasso

Picador et taureau

Christie's, New York

May 15, 2015

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 T?te de femme (Fernande) by Pablo Picasso

Pablo Picasso

T?te de femme (Fernande)

Christie's, New York

May 15, 2015

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 La femme qui pleure, I by Pablo Picasso

Pablo Picasso

La femme qui pleure, I

Christie's, New York

May 14, 2015

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 Femme assise by Pablo Picasso

Pablo Picasso

Femme assise

Christie's, New York

May 14, 2015

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 Portrait de 'Mosquetaire' Triste by Pablo Picasso

Pablo Picasso

Portrait de 'Mosquetaire' Triste

Borobudur Auction, Singapore

May 9, 2015

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 Marie-Th?r?se de profil by Pablo Picasso

Pablo Picasso

Marie-Th?r?se de profil

Bonhams, New York

May 7, 2015

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News

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By Nicholas Forrest | December 29, 2014

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By Michelle Tay | December 1, 2014

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By Judd Tully | November 6, 2014

An Impressionist-era painting by Edouard Manet starred in an otherwise modest Impressionist and Modern evening sale on Wednesday that tallied $165,635,000.The Manet's higher-than-expected...

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By Liza Muhlfeld | November 5, 2014

Sotheby’s New YorkNovember 3, 2014Picasso Through the Eyes of a Connoisseur97 lots sold for $4,677,628This refined assortment of works by Pablo Picasso, consigned by an American collector,...

Sotheby’s Evening Sale — The Chariot of Fire

By Judd Tully | November 5, 2014

Turbo-charged by two 20th-century sculpture masterworks, Sotheby’s Impressionist and Modern evening sale racked up a record $422,110,000, the firm’s highest tally in its long history.That said,...

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By Judd Tully,Art+Auction | November 3, 2014

With the global art market continuing to perform like a race-proven thoroughbred, this season offers a number of blue-chip trophy contenders, led by a fabulous, rare-to-market Alberto Giacometti...

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SLIDESHOWS

“Picasso in Contemporary Art” in Hamburg

By BLOUIN ARTINFO | April 3, 2015

Piezas del Kunstmuseum de Basilea en Madrid

By Marcos Fernández | March 9, 2015

Sotheby's Impressionist & Modern Art Evening Sale

By Regina Mogilevskaya | February 3, 2015

Cubism: The Leonard A. Lauder Collection

By Regina Mogilevskaya | December 9, 2014

Sales Report From Art Basel Miami Beach

By Regina Mogilevskaya | December 4, 2014

Christie's Impressionist and Modern Art Evening

By Regina Mogilevskaya | November 6, 2014

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Events

Picasso: Femmes

May 7 - Jun 30, 2015

David Benrimon Fine Art, New York

Picasso in Contemporary Art

Apr 1 - Jul 12, 2015

Deichtorhallen, Hamburg

Prints & Multiples

Apr 28 - Apr 28, 2015

Doyle New York, New York

Impressionist and Modern Art Evening Sale

May 5 - May 5, 2015

Sotheby's, New York

Modern Masters

Jan 22 - Jan 22, 2015

Auctionata, Inc., New York

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