Why Is Pablo Picasso Important

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Pablo Picasso, known as one of the most prodigious artists of all time was born on October 25th, 1881 in Malaga, Spain, son of Don José Ruiz Blasco and Doña Maria Picasso y Lopez. Interested more towards the vivid world of art rather than schoolwork, he exhibited an extraordinary talent of drawing at a very young age. Hence Picasso’s father who was a painter and an art teacher by profession introduced him to the different techniques and mediums.
In 1895, Picasso moved to Barcelona in order to attend the Llotja School of Fine Arts. Instead of attending classes, Picasso was rather interested in roaming the streets of Barcelona sketching city scenes. In 1899, Picasso moved to Madrid, this time to attend the Royal Academy of San Fernando. Once
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Two years later in 1899 he moved back to Barcelona and discovered other artists who shared similar interests as him. Around that time he broke through his classical teachings and started his lifelong process of experimentation and innovation.
Picasso was highly acclaimed for reinventing himself by using such radically different styles throughout his career as an artist. Picasso’s styles of painting have been divided into several periods for a better understanding of his methods and the significance behind each. At the turn of 20th century after moving to Paris was the beginning of Picasso’s most distinct period called the “Blue Period”, named after the colour that dominated most of his paintings. It lasted approximately from 1901 to 1904. Next was the “Rose Period” lasted from 1904 to 1906. Around this time Picasso recovered from depression after the death of a dear friend and fell in
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In 1917 Picasso joined the Russian Ballet which toured around Rome and during that time he met a ballerina named Olga Kokhlova. They eventually got married in 1918. Kokhlova was used to living a posh-lifestyle whereas Picasso lived the bohemian life. The disagreements between the couple eventually lead to their separation in 1935. At the age of 69 Picasso remarried Jaqueline Rogue.
Picasso’s career as an artist spans over approximately 78 years. Throughout his expansive career he created approximately 13,500 paintings as well as 300 sculptures. These are figures higher than any other artist throughout history. Picasso’s artwork also rank amongst the most expensive pieces ever created. One of Picasso’s later artwork called "Les Femmes D'Alger" was sold for $179.4 million in 2015 breaking the record for most expensive painting ever sold at an auction.
Pablo Picasso’s paintings in his later years displayed simple childlike imagery. His autobiographical portrait completed one year before his death consisted a combined face of half ape and half human, yet the techniques used in the painting made it evident that it is a work of a prodigy. In his later years he started to believe that art would keep him alive, thus he kept on working. The revolutionary artist of the 20th century died on April 8th, 1973 while hosting a dinner
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