Famous Artist – Pablo Picasso

Pablo Picasso was born in 1881 in Malaga, Spain. He grew up in a home where art was a great influence, his father Don Jose was an artist and art teacher himself, who taught Picasso how to draw with paint from a very young age. Picasso had deep, black eyes that were believed to mark him for great success. Pablo said “When I was a child, my mother said to me, ‘If you become a soldier, you’ll be a general. If you become a monk you’ll end up as the pope,'” he later recalled. “Instead, I became a painter and wound up as Picasso.”

Pablo Picasso

Pablo was a poor student in his school years, which was mainly because he was not interested in art than anything else. Legend has it that Pablo’s first words were “piz piz’, which was seen as his way of saying lapiz (Spanish for pencil) as a baby. With his father teaching him the basics of art Pablo quickly got the hang of it and became better than his father as far as skill in concerned. At the tender age of 13 years Pablo began to skip classes at school as he found it much more entertaining to explore the city and create art pieces of his own in his note book. “For being a bad student, I was banished to the ‘calaboose,’ a bare cell with whitewashed walls and a bench to sit on, I liked it there, because I took along a sketch pad and drew incessantly. I could have stayed there forever, drawing without stopping.”

At the age of 14 in 1895 Pablo and his family relocated to Barcelona, Spain where Pablo applied to the fine arts school. The school only accepted learners much older than Pablo, which meant he could join the school, however after taking a test and impressing the school, they accepted and Pablo started to further his studies. Not long after starting he once again lost interest and wondered the streets of Barcelona while creating art pieces as he went. The same thing happened when Pablo moved to Madrid where he attended the Royal Academy of San Fernando. Pablo was 16 at this point and had once again lost interested, before leaving the school he wrote a note to a friend “They just go on and on about the same old stuff: Velázquez for painting, Michelangelo for sculpture.”

After this Pablo didn’t attend school again as his professional art career began. There were 2 main periods in his life, which were seen as the blue and rose period by critics.
The blue period look place at the turn of the century and lasted up to 1904. Pablo fell into a deep depression during this time as he lost his best friend Carlos Casagemas. The depression reflected in his work as most of the painting he had created were overwhelmed by the colour blue. It was during this time Pablo created Blue Nude, The Old Guitarist and La Vie.

The Rose period came shortly after the blue and was seen from 1905 to 1906. Here Pablo was starting to release his pain and depression and he was also in love with a well know model Fernande Olivier. His work had become a lot brighter and included a wider selection of colours like pink, red and beige. It was here were Pablo created famous painting like Family at Saltimbanques and Two Nudes among many more.

Pablo went on to create many other amazing works of art right up to the age of 91 where he passed away on April 8th 1975 in France. Pablo believed his art will allow him to live forever, in many ways he was right as his name is known worldwide and appreciated for the work he had completed.

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