Pablo Picasso lived to be 91 and within those years he packed in many different styles and work. It is estimated that he created 50,000 works of art! Which include not only paintings, but sculptures, ceramics and drawings.
Pablo Picasso was a great artist. To say is his legacy is huge is an understatement. This Artist study only scratches a very peek into his legacy. I truly hope that this will be inspire you to learn more about him.
Due to a suicide of a close friend, Picasso suffered a bout of depression. During this time of depression, Picasso painted in monochromatic blue with destitute subject matter like prostitutes, beggars and drunks. This time was considered Picasso’s Blue Period (1901-1904).
Following Picasso's blue period was the Rose Period (1904-1906).During this time he switched from using blues to pink/rose color. This was the beginning of the very slow process out of his depression.
From 1906 - 1909 was his African Period where Picasso used inspiration of African Art/masks in a lot of his work.
Picasso, along with Georges Braque, started the Cubism Art Movement. This art style is what Picasso is most famous for.
Cubism resulted from the rapidly changing world of 1910 where photography and the use of cameras were replacing the need of an artist. Cubism shook things up creating different and unique angles of the subject on one visual plane.
Cubism is identified by its fragmented shapes with various views that overlap on each other.
There are two Cubism Movements
Analytical Cubism - where the subject has some some identifiable characteristics and a muted monotone color palette are usually used
Synthetic Cubism - incorporated collage to add more variety with colors and textures
[Read more about Cubism HERE]
Below are some of my favorite pieces of Picasso's work mixed with some of his most famous.
Picasso's art was influenced by:
Vincent van Gogh
Interesting Picasso Trivia
Picasso's F U L L name - Pablo Diego José Francisco de Paula Juan Nepomuceno Crispín Crispiniano María Remedios de la Santísima Trinidad Ruiz Picasso.
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