Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881-1973)
Also known as: Picasso, Pablo Diego José Francisco de Paula Juan Nepomuceno Crispín Crispiniano de la Santissima Trinidad Ruiz Blasco; Picasso, Pablo RuizBirth Place: Málaga (Málaga province, Andalusia, Spain)
Spanish artist Pablo Picasso is considered by many to be one of the greatest, most influential artists of the 20th century and easily one of the
How much are original Pablo Picasso paintings worth?
Pablo Picasso paintings are worth millions of dollars, ranging up into the hundreds of millions for major works. This is reflective of his place in the pantheon of great art from the 20th century. Multiple paintings have sold for hundreds of millions of dollars. Even lesser-known drawings and sketches can sell for several thousand dollars. The most ever paid at auction for a Pablo Picasso painting was $179,365,000 for the piece Les Femmes D/Alger (Version ‘O’) (1955) on May 15th, 2015.
Who was Pablo Picasso?
Spanish artist Pablo Picasso is considered by many to be one of the greatest, most influential artists of the 20th century and easily one of the most widely recognized household names in art history. Picasso’s transformation from a young, classically trained artist to a pioneer of the Cubist movement to a Surrealist exponent can be defined by “periods”—a quality for which his career is widely distinguished.
How did Pablo Picasso get started?
Pablo Picasso started as a classical painter. It would be years before the first occasion when a consistent theme was evident in his body of work was later dubbed the “Blue Period” to denote the austere color palettes and melancholy subject matters that often comprised his compositions. This phase, which lasted until 1904, was influenced by a trip he took to Spain and, in particular, by the sudden death of his good friend Carlos Casagemas, who committed suicide in 1901. The Old Guitarist, one of Picasso’s most famous works painted in 1903, is particularly representative of his temperament during the time and is reminiscent of the works of El Greco.
What was Pablo Picasso famous for?
Pablo Picasso was best known for his cubist paintings, especially from his “Blue Period” and “Rose period” Even after achieving international renown for spearheading the Cubist movement, Picasso continued to push the envelope by reverting back to a more traditional style of painting in Neoclassicism. He was so revered by his peers for his avant-garde ideas that he was invited to exhibit Cubist works in the first Surrealist group exhibition in 1925. From this exposure, Picasso adopted elements of the Surrealist style—in particular, an emphasis on symbolism in his works—and produced what many consider to be his most prolific masterpiece of all time, Guernica in 1937. Pablo Picasso, alongside contemporaries Henri Matisse and Marcel Duchamp, truly revolutionized the manner in which artists, critics, and the general public defines, perceives and appreciates art in all of its shapes and forms.
What kind of art did Pablo Picasso make?
Pablo Picasso made paintings in the Cubism aesthetic for most of his life. True to form, even his decade-long evolution of the Cubist genre can be broken down into different styles. Analytic Cubism, which Picasso developed with George Braques from 1909-1912, comprised primarily of browns and neutral colors. Their notion of taking objects apart and “analyzing” them in terms of their shapes is represented in some of Picasso’s well-known still lifes, including Guitariste, La mandoliniste (Woman playing guitar or mandolin) and Still Life with a Bottle of Rum. Synthetic Cubism took their concept a step further by incorporating a collage element to enhance the geometric, abstract quality of forms.
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