Pablo Picasso the artist was born in Spain in 1881 and died in France in 1973. Although he died over 40 years ago, he’s still a very important artist and his work is known worldwide.
Picasso has been called a genius. But what makes him a genius?
Firstly, Picasso was only 8 when he painted his first oil painting, Picador, which he kept all his life. He was also gifted in many disciplines: painting, sculpture and ceramics. Picasso produced 50,000 works of art! His creativity also makes him exceptional. From 1901 to 1903, in his blue period, Picasso used this color to express his sadness following the deaths of his little sister Conchita and a friend. Then, in the pink period that followed, Picasso expressed his joy of living a carefree bohemian lifestyle in Paris. His painting Les demoiselles d’Avignon, caused a scandal in 1907 by its originality!
Inspired by the simplicity of African masks, Picasso represented volumes by geometric shapes. With the painter Georges Braque, he invented Cubism, a movement that influenced other artists such as Robert Delaunay and Fernand Léger. In 1937, during the Spanish Civil War, Picasso painted the huge Guernica, the town that was bombed so people would never forget the terrible Nazi deed. You can admire his works of art in many museums worldwide: Barcelona, New York and Paris. His works are shown alongside present-day artists. Picasso may be dead, but his genius lives on!