Artistic genius Pablo Picasso co-founded Cubism and produced a monumental 20,000 artworks during his 70-year career. Picasso’s torrential outpouring of work was so extensive and complex that art historians have divided it into individual periods. A prodigy in his youth, Picasso enrolled in advanced classes at Barcelona’s Royal Academy of Art at age 15. The strong geometric forms of his groundbreaking Cubist works redefined art as a medium that could digress from literal images of reality. Passionately creative in every genre from primitive art to sketches to Surrealism, Picasso profoundly impacted 20th century art.
Pablo Ruiz Picasso (October 25, 1881 - April 8, 1973), often referred to simply as Picasso, was a Spanish painter and sculptor. His full name is Pablo Diego Jose Francisco de Paula Juan Nepomuceno Maria de los Remedios Cipriano de la Santisima Trinidad Clito Ruiz y Picasso. One of the most recognized figures in 20th century art, he is best known as the co-founder, along with Georges Braque, of cubism, and for the wide variety of styles embodied in his work. Among his most famous works are the proto-Cubist Les Demoiselles d'Avignon (1907) and his depiction of the German bombing of Guernica during the Spanish Civil War, Guernica (1937).
Pablo Picasso was born in Malaga, Spain, the first child of Jose Ruiz y Blasco and Maria Picasso y Lopez. He was christened with the names Pablo, Diego, Jose, Francisco de Paula, Juan Nepomuceno, Maria de los Remedios, and Cipriano de la Santisima Trinidad, a series of names honouring various saints and relatives. Added to these were Ruiz and Picasso, for his father and mother, respectively, as per Spanish custom.¹
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Recommended books on Picasso: A Life of Picasso: The Triumphant Years, 1917-1932 by John Richardson; A Life of Picasso: The Prodigy, 1881-1906 (Borzoi Books); Picasso (Getting to Know the World's Greatest Artists) by Mike Venezia; Pablo Picasso: Breaking All the Rules: Breaking All the Rules (Smart About Art) by True Kelley; The Artist and His Model: 180 Drawings by Pablo Picasso; Picasso: Painting Against Time by Jean Clair, Armin Zweite, Pablo Picasso, and Werner Spies; Picasso's One-Liners by Pablo Picasso and Susan Grace Galassi; Picasso: Erotic Sketchs / Erotische Skizzen (Prestel's Erotic Sketchbook) by Pablo Picasso.
Available here are these Pablo Picasso posters and prints, among others: The Dog, Owl, Rest, Guernica c. 1937, The Old Guitarist c. 1903, Don Quixote c. 1955, The Camel, Mediterranean Landscape, War and Peace, Blue Nude c. 1902, Nude and Still Life c. 1931, The Dance of Youth, Girl Before a Mirror c. 1932, Joie de Vivre, Dove of Peace, Taureau, Femme, Bullfight II, Petite Fleurs, Head, Bullfight III, Corrida 1960, Violin and Guitar 1913, Three Musicians c. 1921, Ronde.
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