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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 Alex Maguy, exposition ? la Galerie de l??lys?e, Paris by Pablo Picasso

Pablo Picasso

Alex Maguy, exposition ? la Galerie de l??lys?e, P

Tajan, Paris

May 21, 2015

$497  USD

 La famille by Pablo Picasso

Pablo Picasso

La famille

Dorotheum, Vienna

May 21, 2015

$6,258  USD

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Pablo Picasso

Jeune femme au corsage ?triangles

Dorotheum, Vienna

May 21, 2015

$13,907  USD

 Deux femmes accroupies by Pablo Picasso

Pablo Picasso

Deux femmes accroupies

Dorotheum, Vienna

May 21, 2015

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 Peintre et Mod?le by Pablo Picasso

Pablo Picasso

Peintre et Mod?le

Dorotheum, Vienna

May 21, 2015

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 Untitled by Pablo Picasso

Pablo Picasso

Untitled

Dorotheum, Vienna

May 21, 2015

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 Untitled by Pablo Picasso

Pablo Picasso

Untitled

Dorotheum, Vienna

May 21, 2015

$3,060  USD

 Picador by Pablo Picasso

Pablo Picasso

Picador

Shapiro Auctions, New York

May 16, 2015

$1,625  USD

 Femme allong? by Pablo Picasso

Pablo Picasso

Femme allong?

Christie's, New York

May 15, 2015

$62,500  USD

News

Sotheby's to Sell Unique Picasso Ceramics from the Collection of Marina Picasso

By Rachel Will | May 26, 2015

Blurring the line between ceramics and sculpture is a collection of works by Pablo Picasso to be auctioned by Sotheby’s London June 25 as part of the Impressionist & Modern Day Art Sale. The...

See a New Side of Picasso Through Lee Miller's Evocative Photos

By Rachel Will | May 21, 2015

While few can own a Pablo Picasso work, mere mortals can soon discover the relationships and candid interactions that fueled the painter in his private moments. “Lee Miller and Picasso” at the...

Picasso Painting Shatters Record at Christie’s Blockbuster Auction

By Judd Tully | May 12, 2015

Bookended by two record-breaking masterpieces by two giants of 20th-century art, Christie’s curated blockbuster auction “Looking Forward to the Past” delivered a whopping $705,858,000 tally....

Sotheby’s Kicks Off New York's Auction Season With a Bang

By Judd Tully | May 6, 2015

Dominated by trophy works by the likes of Vincent van Gogh, Claude Monet, and Pablo Picasso, Sotheby’s unleashed a rousing $368.3 million evening sale of Impressionist and Modern Art, setting the...

Tackling the Giant: Hamburg Show Explores Artistic Takes on Pablo Picasso

By Lisa Contag | April 3, 2015

If there is a giant in 20th century art, it’s Pablo Picasso. No other artist seems as widely known and remains as omnipresent as the Catalan painter who died in Mougin in 1973 at the age of 91....

Painting for the Label: Usher the Year of the Ram with Mouton Rothschild

By Nicholas Forrest | December 29, 2014

Wine connoisseurs have yet another reason to indulge in a bottle of Château Mouton Rothschild, with 2015 being the Chinese Year of the Ram (Sheep/Goat) – an animal that is also the emblem of...

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SLIDESHOWS

Sotheby's Sale of Unique Picasso Ceramics June 25

By Rachel Will | May 26, 2015

Christie's "Looking Forward To The Past"

By Regina Mogilevskaya | May 11, 2015

Sotheby's Impressionist & Modern Art Evening Sale

By Regina Mogilevskaya | May 4, 2015

“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

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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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