From the sparkling coastline of the Costa del Sol, Malaga, Spain, Pablo Picasso’s remarkable skills and concepts traversed land and seas up to the art history books taught in the present age. He was the son of an Art teacher specializing in portraits of doves and pigeons, where he mainly was influenced to create and was taught how to paint and draw. At an early age, he excelled in arts. He was sent to a prestigious art school in Madrid: Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando.
Madrid exposed him to a wealth of inspiration, most especially from paintings of the Golden Age, including El Greco and Diego Velàzquez’s masterpiece. He was primarily influenced by several artists’ bold colors and exaggerated figures. For a moment, he discovered other ways to play with shades of blues and greens and incorporated warmer waves of colors in his several paintings. After his blue period, he then transitioned to the “Rose Period”, featuring pink, orange, and red colors. Picasso’s switch of colors happened because of his newfound romance with a French model in 1905. After the first World War, Picasso ventured into several collaborations and discovered an opportunity in Rome. Later on, he met Olga Khokhlova, a Russian ballerina who became his wife. Picasso’s love life was a bit complicated; he was actually known for having many lovers throughout his life. But his career thrived even more despite his romantic journey.
In 1937 he created one of the most important works in history entitled “Guernica”. It was a political piece depicting the practice bombings of Nazi Germany on the rural town of Guernica, Spain. This masterpiece became a symbol of resistance for several communities after the war. Shortly after creating “Guernica,” The Museum of Modern Art in New York City displayed a massive Picasso retrospective from 1939-1940.
“A work of art must make a man react… It must agitate him and shake him up. “See Also– Pablo Picasso
Interestingly, he also began sculpting bronze medium during World War II and written poems on top of it. In his career, he collaborated with several artists that became co-creators of Cubism including, Georges Braque and many more.
In his later years, he focused more on sculpting and paying tribute to his artistic influences. He was commissioned by the city of Chicago to create a public sculpture in which he named “Chicago Picasso”–given freely to the City government. At the age of 91, he passed away, leaving 5,000 pieces of artwork. After a decade, his family opened a Museum displaying all his artworks while some are in the auction for almost a million dollars worth.