Pablo Picasso in Life and Art: A Biography

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Pablo Picasso in life and art

Biography: Pablo Picasso

Pablo Picasso is widely considered the most famous and influential artist of the 20th century. What is so unique about Picasso is his scope: he is not associated with a single artistic movement (along the lines of Jackson Pollack's association with Abstract Expressionism or Salvador Dali's association with Surrealism); rather, his career spanned a wide range of styles and aesthetic philosophies. Picasso's style was very realistic at the beginning of his career. As a young art student, he was known for his lifelike drawings. Only later did he become conjoined with a myriad of modernist movements. "His creative styles transcend realism and abstraction, Cubism, Neoclassicism, Surrealism, and Expressionism" (Voorhies 2004). Picasso's 'Blue' and 'Rose' periods were characterized by relatively conventional representational styles, although the subject matter focused upon Bohemian life. During the Blue Period, Picasso painted images of the poor and distraught with cool, icy hues of blue. During the Rose Period, the tone of his paintings lightened, mainly revolving around "carnival performers, harlequins, and clowns" and the color palate took on warm red, pink, and orange shades (Voorhies 2004). However, it was Picasso's fascination with "pre-Roman Iberian sculpture and African and Oceanic art" that moved him to make his first great transition into a new style of painting, in the form of Les Demoiselles d'Avignon

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