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Pablo Picasso

Self-portrait by Picasso as a young manSelf-portrait by Picasso as a young man The Spanish artist Pablo Picasso (1881–1973) was the most famous artist of the 20th century. He spent most of his life in France. Over the course of a long career, lasting nearly 80 years, he produced thousands of paintings, drawings, prints, sculptures and ceramics. Many of his portraits are painted in a distinctive style with the face rearranged and both eyes on the same side of the head. He transformed modern art several times over, developing new techniques and styles, including Cubism, and leaving behind him some of the most celebrated artworks of modern times.

Pablo Picasso in 1908Pablo Picasso in 1908 

Early life

Pablo Ruiz y Picasso was born in Malaga, Spain on 25th October 1881. His father was a painter who taught his son how to draw figures and paint in oils. His family moved to Barcelona, where he entered the School of Fine Arts in 1895. In 1897, aged 16, Picasso went to the Royal Academy of San Fernando, a major art school in Madrid. He disliked its formal education, however, and soon left, preferring to spend his time studying the paintings in Madrid's Prado art museum.

Dora Maar Au Chat (Dora Maar With Cat) (1941)Dora Maar Au Chat (Dora Maar With Cat) (1941)


Picasso's full name was: Pablo Diego José Francisco de Paula Juan Nepomuceno María de los Remedios Crispiniano de la Santísima Trinidad Ruiz y Picasso.

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