Pablo Picasso's artwork has become a symbol of innovation and creativity in 20th century visual art. Born in Spain, Picasso began creating paintings at an early age. After being sent to the Royal Academy of San Fernando, Picasso withdrew from formal education at the age of 16 and began pursuing a career as a professional artist. His collection of works spans a variety of medium and stylistic techniques that appeal to adults and children alike.
Throughout his career, Picasso continually explored new styles of painting. Picasso's cubist works helped popularize this innovative method of perspective painting. Following the First World War, Picasso and other visual artists begin utilizing a more withdrawn, formal style of painting. Picasso departed from this "neoclassical" style before the outbreak of the World War II and, after briefly exploring surrealism, began painting works void of any specific genre classification. Celebrated paintings by Picasso include "The Old Guitarist", "Guernica" and "Les Demoiselles d'Avignon". Younger audiences may enjoy the bold colors of "Still Life On Pedestal Table."
Although Picasso's paintings are widely celebrated and collected, Picasso also worked extensively in ceramics and pottery. Picasso's fascination with this artistic medium began during a vacation to the south of France. Picasso worked in collaboration with Jacqueline Roque at Madoura Pottery and produced over 2,000 pieces. Picasso eventually married Roque and produced ceramic works until his death in 1973.
Picasso's Later Years
Picasso became increasingly active as an artist during his final years of life. It was not uncommon for Picasso to paint several paintings in one day. Picasso continued painting into the last day of his life, working intensely on several pieces that were to be displayed at the Pope's Palace in Avignon, France. Picasso's final paintings use much less complex imagery than his previous works, In reference to this simplified technique, Picasso stated, ""When I was as old as these children, I could draw like Raphael, but it took me a lifetime to learn to draw like them."
- Photo Credit GarÃ§on au chien. Poste du Laos. Picasso.1989. image by Blue Moon from Fotolia.com
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