Pablo Picasso

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Pablo Picasso, image courtesy of de Young Museum, San Francisco

Few key figures of 20th art embody so much the definition “multi-faceted genius” like Picasso. During his entire life, the Spanish artists had explored different styles and artistic means possibly like no other.

Born in the city of Málaga, southern Spain, in 1881, Pablo Ruiz y Picasso (Picasso was actually the family name of his mother María Picasso y López) moved to Barcelona with the family (Picasso’s father was an art teacher and artist as well) when he was thirteen, and three years later to Madrid to attend Spain’s most prestigious art academy, the Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando.
Yet, his restless spirit and precocious ability led him to make art rather than spending time to learn it at school; first, leaving the academy and then moving to Paris in 1901. In young Picasso’s works it’s easy to discern prodigious technical skills as a figurative painter, together with a strong influence by Spanish old masters, especially Velázquez and El Greco.

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Pablo Picasso, Two Acrobats with a Dog, 1905, gouache on board; image courtesy of The Museum of Modern Art, New York

As widely known, the styles of Picasso’s famous works made subsequently, roughly between 1901 and 1907, are commonly called Pink Period for the first years and Blue Period from 1904 on, chiefly due to the predominant colors these paintings were showing.
Yet, such distinction – as well as that between the following Cubist post-Cubist, Surrealist, Abstract and Neo Expressionist periods – is somehow reductive.
Picasso explored different styles simultaneously, indeed, frequently switching acrobatically from one to another, painting both figurative and cubist works in the same years and sometimes, especially in his later period, mixing together different influences.

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Pablo Picasso. Les Demoiselles d’Avignon, 1907, oil on canvas; image courtesy of The Museum of Modern Art, New York

At the same time, he liked to investigate the most various means of artistic expression spanning painting, etching, sculpture, costume design, mixed-media art, and decorative arts.
Pablo Picasso died in 1973 in Mougins, southern France, where he had lived for the last 12 years; he was 91 years old.

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Pablo Picasso, Guernica, 1937, oil on canvas; image courtesy Museo Reina Sofia, Madrid

The many museums dedicated to Picasso help us to understand his articulated approach to art and his insatiable appetite for creativity: from the Barcelona museum, focused on Picasso’s early period, to the small museum in Vallauris, French Riviera, dedicated to his ceramic pieces; from the recently-renovated Musée Picasso in Paris, to the many collections of his works exposed in museums and exhibitions throughout the world.


our articles about Pablo Picasso

Château de Vallauris – Musée Picasso

Château de Vallauris – Musée Picasso

The Château de Vallauris - musée Picasso in the French Riviera houses three small museums and includes a chapel decorated by Picasso.
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Florence | Picasso and Spanish Modernity, Palazzo Strozzi

Florence | Picasso and Spanish Modernity, Palazzo Strozzi

Until January 2015, Palazzo Strozzi in Florence presents the exhibition Picasso and Spanish Modernity, with paintings, sculptures, drawings, and engravings
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From Basel to Madrid: Picasso at the Prado museum

From Basel to Madrid: Picasso at the Prado museum

A selection from the 300 works by Pablo Picasso housed at the Kunstmuseum Basel is on view at the Prado museum in Madrid from 18 March to 13 September, 2015
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Modern art in the French Riviera – an itinerary

Modern art in the French Riviera – an itinerary

An tinerary which connects seven art museums in the Nice French Riviera, at a short distance from one another, dedicated to Matisse, Chagall, Picasso, Leger
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Musée de la Photographie | Mougins

Musée de la Photographie | Mougins

The Musée de la Photographie in Mougins is a museum dedicated to photography located in a medieval walled village near Cannes and Nice, where Picasso lived
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Musée Picasso Paris

Musée Picasso Paris

The Musée Picasso Paris is one of the most important museums in the world dedicated to Pablo Picasso, with over 5,000 artworks by the Spanish artist
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Musée Picasso | Antibes

Musée Picasso | Antibes

The Musée Picasso in Antibes is a museum dedicated to the work of Pablo Picasso with collection includes more than 200 pieces realised by the Spanish artist
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Museo Centro de Arte Reina Sofía

Museo Centro de Arte Reina Sofía

The Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía in Madrid is one of the most famous modern art museums in the world, with the Guernica painting by Picasso
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Museum Berggruen – Berlin

Museum Berggruen – Berlin

The Museum Berggruen in Berlin is one of the most important German museums of modern art, renowned for its works by Picasso, Klee, Matisse, and Giacometti
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NY | Picasso 3D work on exhibition at MoMA

NY | Picasso 3D work on exhibition at MoMA

The great exhibition Picasso Sculpture, at the Museum of Modern Art - MoMA in New York until February 7, 2016, presents some 150 3D works by Pablo Picasso
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Picasso Museum – Barcelona

Picasso Museum – Barcelona

The Museu Picasso in Barcelona is an art museum holding a collection of over 4,000 works by Pablo Picasso, who lived in the Catalan capital in his youth
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The Museum of Modern Art – MoMA

The Museum of Modern Art – MoMA

The Museum of Modern Art in New York, also known as MoMA, is one of the most important museums in the world of modern & contemporary visual arts and design
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Vallauris: ceramic art and the spirit of Picasso

Vallauris: ceramic art and the spirit of Picasso

The Chateau of Vallauris, in the French Riviera, houses the Magnelli / Ceramic Art museums together with the painting cycle “War and Peace” by Pablo Picasso
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