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Pablo Picasso

(1881-1973)

Pablo Picasso Portrait

Biography

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Pablo Ruiz Picasso was born on October 25, 1881 to Don José Ruiz Blasco (1838-1939) and Doña Maria Picasso y Lopez (1855-1939). The family at the time resided in Málaga, Spain, where Don José, a painter himself, taught drawing at the local school of Fine Arts and Crafts. Pablo spent the first ten years of his life there. The family was far from rich, and when 2 other children were born -- Dolorès ("Lola") in 1884 and Concepción ("Conchita") in 1887 -- it was often difficult to make ends meet. When Don José was offered a better-paid job, he accepted it immediately, and the Picassos moved to the provincial capital of La Coruna, where they lived for the next four years. In 1892, Pablo entered the School of Fine Arts there, but it was mostly his father who taught him painting. By 1894 Pablo’s works were so well executed for a boy of his age that his father recognized Pablo’s amazing talent, and, handing Pablo his brush and palette, declared that he would never paint again.

In 1895 Don José got a professorship at “La Lonja”, the School of Fine Arts in Barcelona, and the family settled there. Pablo passed the entrance examination in an advanced course in classical art and still life at the same school. He was better than senior students doing their final exam projects.

“Unlike in music, there are no child prodigies in painting. What people regard as premature genius is the genius of childhood. It gradually disappears as they get older. It is possible for such a child to become a real painter one day, perhaps even a great painter. But he would have to start right from the beginning. So far as I am concerned, I did not have that genius. My first drawings could never have been shown at an exhibition of children’s drawings. I lacked the clumsiness of a child, his naivety. I made academic drawings at the age of seven, the minute precision of which frightened me.” -- Picasso. Read Pablo Picasso's Full Biography


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Pablo Picasso. The Barefoot Girl. The Barefoot Girl. 1895. Oil on canvas. Musée Picasso, Paris, France. [Order a Print][Order a Hand-Painted Reproduction]
Pablo Picasso. First Communion. First Communion. 1895-96. Oil on canvas. Museo Picasso, Barcelona, Spain. [Order a Print][Order a Hand-Painted Reproduction]
Pablo Picasso. Portrait of the Artist's Mother. Portrait of the Artist's Mother. 1896. Pastel on Paper. Museo Picasso, Barcelona, Spain. [Order a Print][Order a Hand-Painted Reproduction]
Pablo Picasso. Self-Portrait. Self-Portrait. 1896. Oil on canvas. Museo Picasso, Barcelona, Spain. [Order a Print][Order a Hand-Painted Reproduction]
Pablo Picasso. Science and Charity. Science and Charity. 1897. Oil on canvas. Museo Picasso, Barcelona, Spain. [Order a Print][Order a Hand-Painted Reproduction]
Pablo Picasso. Matador Luis Miguel Dominguin. Matador Luis Miguel Dominguin. 1897. Pencil on paper. [Order a Print][Order a Hand-Painted Reproduction]
Pablo Picasso. Lola, Picasso's Sister. Lola, Picasso's Sister. 1899. . [Order a Print][Order a Hand-Painted Reproduction]
Pablo Picasso. A Spanish Couple in front of an Inn. A Spanish Couple in front of an Inn. 1900. Pastel on cardboard. Private collection. [Order a Print][Order a Hand-Painted Reproduction]
Pablo Picasso. Leaning Harlequin. Leaning Harlequin. 1901. Oil on canvas. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA. [Order a Print][Order a Hand-Painted Reproduction]
Pablo Picasso. Woman with Chignon. Woman with Chignon. 1901. Oil on canvas. Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, USA. [Order a Print][Order a Hand-Painted Reproduction]
Pablo Picasso. Death of Casagemas. Death of Casagemas. 1901. Oil on wood. Musée Picasso, Paris, France. [Order a Print][Order a Hand-Painted Reproduction]
Pablo Picasso. Self-Portrait in Blue Period. Self-Portrait in Blue Period. 1901. Oil on canvas. [Order a Print][Order a Hand-Painted Reproduction]
Pablo Picasso. Portrait of the Art Dealer  Pedro Manach. Portrait of the Art Dealer Pedro Manach. 1901. Oil on canvas. The National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, USA. [Order a Print][Order a Hand-Painted Reproduction]
Pablo Picasso. The Absinthe Drinker. The Absinthe Drinker. 1901. Oil on cardboard. Melville Hall Collection, New York, NY, USA. [Order a Print][Order a Hand-Painted Reproduction]
Pablo Picasso. Woman in a Blue Hat. Woman in a Blue Hat. 1901. Pastel on cardboard. Galerie Rosengart, Lucerne, Switzerland. [Order a Print][Order a Hand-Painted Reproduction]
Pablo Picasso. The Absinthe Drinker. The Absinthe Drinker. 1901. Oil on canvas. The Hermitage, St. Petersburg, Russia. [Order a Print][Order a Hand-Painted Reproduction]
Pablo Picasso. Woman with a Cigarette. Woman with a Cigarette. 1901. Oil on canvas. Barnes Foundation, Lincoln University, Merion, PA, USA. [Order a Print][Order a Hand-Painted Reproduction]
Pablo Picasso. Le Gourmet. Le Gourmet. 1901. Oil on canvas. The National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, USA. [Order a Print][Order a Hand-Painted Reproduction]
Pablo Picasso. L'Absinthe. L'Absinthe. 1901. Charcoal, pastel, gouache on paper. Collection of Otto Krebs, Holzdorf. Now in the Hermitage, St. Petersburg, Russia. [Order a Print][Order a Hand-Painted Reproduction]
Pablo Picasso. The Visit (Two Sisters). The Visit (Two Sisters). 1902. Oil on canvas pasted on panel. The Hermitage, St. Petersburg, Russia. [Order a Print][Order a Hand-Painted Reproduction]
Pablo Picasso. Breakfast of a Blind Man. Breakfast of a Blind Man. 1903. Oil on canvas. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA. [Order a Print][Order a Hand-Painted Reproduction]
Pablo Picasso. La Vie (Life). La Vie (Life). 1903. Oil on canvas. The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, USA. [Order a Print][Order a Hand-Painted Reproduction]
Pablo Picasso. The Tragedy. The Tragedy. 1903. Oil on wood. The National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, USA. [Order a Print][Order a Hand-Painted Reproduction]
Pablo Picasso. Portrait of a Young Woman. Portrait of a Young Woman. 1903. Oil on canvas pasted on cardboard. The Hermitage, St. Petersburg, Russia. [Order a Print][Order a Hand-Painted Reproduction]
Pablo Picasso. The Old Guitarist. The Old Guitarist. 1903. Oil on panel. Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL, USA. [Order a Print][Order a Hand-Painted Reproduction]
Pablo Picasso. Portrait of Soler. Portrait of Soler. 1903. Oil on canvas. The Hermitage, St. Petersburg, Russia. [Order a Print][Order a Hand-Painted Reproduction]
Pablo Picasso. Old Beggar with a Boy. Old Beggar with a Boy. 1903. Oil on canvas. The Pushkin Museum of Fine Art, Moscow, Russia. [Order a Print][Order a Hand-Painted Reproduction]
Pablo Picasso. L'ascete. L'ascete. 1903. Oil on canvas. Barnes Foundation, Lincoln University, Merion, PA, USA. [Order a Print][Order a Hand-Painted Reproduction]
Pablo Picasso. Woman with a Crow. Woman with a Crow. 1904. Charcoal, pastel and water-color on paper. Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo, OH, USA. [Order a Print][Order a Hand-Painted Reproduction]
Pablo Picasso. The Catalan Sculptor Manolo  (Manuel Hugué). The Catalan Sculptor Manolo (Manuel Hugué). 1904. Ink and watercolor on paper. [Order a Print][Order a Hand-Painted Reproduction]
Pablo Picasso. In 'Lapin Agile' or Harlequin  with a Glass. In 'Lapin Agile' or Harlequin with a Glass. 1905. Oil on canvas. Private collection. [Order a Print][Order a Hand-Painted Reproduction]
Pablo Picasso. Harlequin Sitting on a Red  Couch. Harlequin Sitting on a Red Couch. 1905. Chinese ink and watercolor on paper. Private collection. [Order a Print][Order a Hand-Painted Reproduction]
Pablo Picasso. Acrobat on a Ball. Acrobat on a Ball. 1905. Oil on canvas. The Pushkin Museum of Fine Art, Moscow, Russia. [Order a Print][Order a Hand-Painted Reproduction]
Pablo Picasso. Tumblers (Mother and Son). Tumblers (Mother and Son). 1905. Gouache on canvas. Staatsgalerie, Stuttgart, Germany. [Order a Print][Order a Hand-Painted Reproduction]
Pablo Picasso. Girl in a Chemise. Girl in a Chemise. c.1905. Oil on canvas. Tate Gallery, London, UK. [Order a Print][Order a Hand-Painted Reproduction]
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