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Pablo Picasso

1881 - 1973

It takes a long time to become young.

                                                      —Pablo Picasso

Pablo Picasso was born in Malaga, Spain on October 25, 1881. By the age of 15 he was already technically skilled in drawing and painting. Picasso's highly original style continuously evolved throughout his long career, expanding the definition of what art could be. In addition to painting, he would explore sculpture, ceramics and other art forms, and become one of the most influential artists of the 1900s.

Paintings from Picasso's blue period (1901-1904) depict forlorn people painted in shades of blue, evoking feelings of sadness and alienation. After his move to Paris in 1904, Picasso's rose period paintings took on a warmer more optimistic mood. In 1907 he and French painter George Braque pioneered cubism.

By 1912 Picasso was incorporating newspaper print, postage stamps and other materials into his paintings. This style is called collage. By the late 1920s he turned toward a flat, cubist-related style. During the 1930s his paintings became militant and political. Guernica (1937), a masterpiece from this period depicts the terror of the bombing of the town of Guernica during the Spanish civil war.

Following World War II, Picasso's work became less political and more gentle. He spent the remaining years of his life in an exploration various historical styles of art, making several reproductions of the work of earlier artists.

Picasso died on April 8, 1973 at his home, Notre-Dame-de-Vie in Mougin, France. He was buried on April 10 at his chateau Vauvenagues, 170 kilometers from Mougin.

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•  Other Artists in the Lucidcafé Library
•  Books About Picasso
•  DVDs About Picasso
•  Pablo Picasso Images
•  Related Websites


  Other Artists in the Lucidcafé Library

  Books About Picasso

  • Conversations With Picasso - Author: Brassaï

    A collection of Brassaï's notes, compiled from scraps of paper he put in a huge vase each night after his sessions with Picasso, whose work he photographed from 1932 to 1962. Picasso said of Brassaï's book; "Read this book if you want to understand me."

    CLICK HERE to purchase this Hardcover edition of "Conversations With Picasso"

  • Picasso: A Biography - Author: Patrick O'Brian

    A detailed and beautifully written account of Picasso's life. A very readable biography.

    CLICK HERE to purchase this Paperback edition of "Picasso: A Biography"

  • Matisse and Picasso - Author: Yve-Alain Bois

    As Joachim Pissarro points out in the foreword of this volume, Matisse and Picasso's dense plot and rich narrative make this work read more like a suspense novel than a traditional art history treatise. Bois' thoroughly researched book is supported by striking juxtapositions of works by the two artists, making this book a major contribution to the history of twentieth-century art. The book was published in conjunction with an exhibition at the Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth, Texas. 275 illustrations

    CLICK HERE to purchase this Hardcover edition of "Matisse and Picasso"

  DVDs About Picasso

  • Picasso: The Man and His Work (DVD release 2002) - Producer: View Video

    This two part video anthology of Pablo Picasso features many unknown aspects of his work and personality and contains over 600 of his works, many never seen in public. These are the last pictures ever taken of Picasso during his lifetime. VOLUME ONE starts in 1896, when he was only 15. The film traces Picasso's artistic development, exploring his work as a youth, from the Blue period to the Pink period and his first steps into Cubism in 1906. VOLUME TWO follows Picasso through the war years. His work moves on to include ceramics, sculpture, pottery and graphics. The period from 1946 to 1973 is made up primarily of home movies, showing his relationships with his children and the women in his life, and emphasizing the enormous amount of work he accomplished during his last 20 years. Includes a segment of Picasso, 90 years old, working on a copper plate engraving.

    CLICK HERE to purchase VOLUME ONE (1881-1937) of this DVD edition of "Picasso: The Man and His Work"

    CLICK HERE to purchase VOLUME TWO (1938-1973) of this DVD edition of "Picasso: The Man and His Work"

  • The Mystery of Picasso (1956) - Producer: Image Entertainment

    Using a transparent 'canvas' to provide an unobstructed view, Picasso creates as the camera rolls. He begins with simple works that take shape after only a single brush stroke. He then progresses to more complex paintings, in which he repeatedly adds and removes elements, transforming the entire scene at will, until at last the work is complete.

    CLICK HERE to purchase this DVD edition of "The Mystery of Picasso"

  • Pablo Picasso: A Primitive Soul (1999) - Producer: A&E Biography Series

    This A&E's biography thoroughly documents the life and work of Picasso.

    CLICK HERE to purchase this DVD edition of "Pablo Picasso: A Primitive Soul"

  Related Websites

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Article written by Robin Chew - October 1995