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Pablo Picasso - His Life and His Art Essay

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Pablo Picasso - His Life and His Art

Pablo Ruiz y Picasso, painter, sculptor, and printmaker, was born in
Malaga Spain on October 25, 1881 and died on April 8, 1973.Today he is considered to be one of the most influential and successful artists in history. Picasso contributed many things to 19th century and modern day art and his name is familiar to all those involved in the many different fields of art. Throughout the seven decades that Picasso produced artwork he used many different types of media. In each piece of art he produced he searched for new possibilities, invented images in them, and reflected events that were occurring in his world through his artwork. Picasso had many artistic influences in his life, including Cézanne,
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Between 1907 and 1914, Picasso collaborated with Georges Braque and together they produced a style known as Cubism. The period after World War I indicated an apparent return to the art of realism for Picasso as seen in a pencil drawing of 1915, Portrait of Vollard. This small work foretold Picasso's renewed curiosity in descriptive interpretation, which, for some time, ran parallel with cubism. During the 1920's, a growing sense of unease was expressed through Picasso's work and a style shift started moving from Cubism to being closer to surrealism (an artistic movement of the early 20th century that stressed fantasy and the subconscious mind).
Picasso's most well known painting of this time is from 1937, called
Guernica. (Grolier). In the last two decades of his life, Picasso became intrigued by earlier art. He based several paintings on works painters of the 1600's such as Rembrandt and Diego Velazquez, and the
French artists of the 1800's, such as Delacroix and Manet. Picasso tried to break down their work, recompose it, and became even bolder in his methods and styles of painting (World Book).

Picasso influenced artwork of the late 19th and early 20th Century in many ways. He encouraged other artists the explore painting pictures in just one basic colour or one certain colour grouping as most artists of the time painted in a wide spectrum of vibrant melodious colours or pastels. Picasso's own exploration of this new idea was seen in
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