Pablo Ruiz Picasso Essay

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Pablo Ruiz Picasso

Pablo Picasso was born in Malaga in 1881. Pablo was the son of a respected art teacher, and due to his father’s influence, young Pablo entered the Academy at Barcelona at age 14. This was where he painted his first great work, “Girl with Bare Feet”. After two years of schooling, Picasso transferred for even for advanced tutelage. This did not hold Picasso’s interest, so instead he spent much of his time in cafes and in brothels.

Three years later, Picasso won a gold medal for his work, “Customs of Aragon”. This work was displayed on exhibit in Picasso’s home town. In 1901, Picasso set up a studio in the northern section of Paris known as Montmartre. Picasso had mastered traditional forms of art by now.
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His work, “Two Nudes” reflects this attitude.
Cubism soon followed after this. Picasso began experimenting with the many facets of Cubism. Cubism was developed in stages: analytic, synthetic, hermetic, and rococo. These techniques were not only useful in painting but in collages as well. Picasso met Eva Marcelle Humbert, and fell in love with her but the war separated them and she died in 1915. Picasso worked on “Harlequin” to cope with the grief of his lost friend.

In 1917, Picasso involved himself with Diaghilev’s Russian Ballet. He worked on costume and set design for Parade(1917) and while all this was going on Picasso met his future bride, Olga Kokhloven, who was a dancer for the ballet. The Ballet gave him inspiration for his next work, “Three Dancers”. Then something dreadful happened, a small Spanish town became a test site for some new bombs. Picasso’s work, the “Guernica” demonstrates the horror, cruelty, and injustice that took place. On a greater scale, not only does it provide compassion for those lost at Guernica, but it also illustrates how useless and horrible war truly is. Following that, Picasso became director of the Prado Gallery in Madrid. World War II blazed on while Picasso worked in Paris and he worked diligently despite the world around him.

Picasso left his wife in 1931, and following that he had many mistresses that provided him with inspiration for his works and even did some modeling work for him. Picasso

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