Friday, April 18, 2014

P = Pablo Picasso, Art Legend - A to Z Challenge

ART: Artists, Art Trivia, Art Legends

A glimpse of the ART world, in the manner of an alphabetical mini-art tour. ART focuses on artists and art movements between the 1850's-1960's. There are exceptions.

Pablo Picasso 1962, via Wikipedia Commons (PD)

P = Pablo Picasso
1881 – 1973

As one of the most influential artists of the 20th century, Pablo Picasso is known as a co-founder of the Cubist movement, and the invention of constructed sculpture.

His career as a painter started in 1894. At the age of 14, he painted Portrait of Aunt Pepa, a portrait that is considered 'one of the greatest in the history of Spanish painting'. The influence of artists such as Toulouse-Lautrec and Edvard Munch led Pablo to form his own personal version of Modernism.

Picasso's most famous work is Guernica, his depiction of the bombing during the Spanish Civil War.

Guernica by Pablo Picasso, 1937.  Guernica, scroll to bottom end of Wikipedia page.

Portrait of Igor Stravinsky, c. 1920 - also at the bottom of the wiki page

Picasso was exceptionally prolific throughout his long lifetime. The total number of artworks he produced has been estimated at 50,000, comprising 1,885 paintings; 1,228 sculptures; 2,880 ceramics, roughly 12,000 drawings, many thousands of prints, and numerous tapestries and rugs. 

Pablo died on April 8,1973 in Mougins, France. At the time of his death many of his paintings were in his possession. These works form the core of an immense collection of the Musée Picasso in Paris. (The Musée Picasso was closed for renovations when we located it in 2010 Paris.)

Are you a fan of Picasso's art? (early periods, cubism or sculpture)  Do you prefer some of his earlier 'realistic' paintings to the analytical cubism?


Brought to you by the A to Z Blog Challenge 2014 Team and the originator: Lee of Tossing it Out. Click the A to Z list of participants and read on.


A Picasso Wiki 

Picasso - previous post in 2012 A to Z, Pablo's early time in Paris

Pablo Picasso's works will not enter the public domain in France, Spain and other European countries until 2043.

Image of Picasso, 1962 -PD-WC

This image is in the public domain because the copyright of this photograph, registered in Argentina, has expired. (Both at least 25 years have passed after the photograph was created, and it was first published at least 20 years ago, Law 11.723, Article 34 as amended, and Berne Convention Article 7 (4)).