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Pablo Picasso
Spanish painter, sculptor, printmaker, ceramicist, and stage designer

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Pablo Picasso
Spanish painter, sculptor, printmaker, ceramicist, and stage designer

Birth Date

October 25, 1881

Death Date

April 08, 1973

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I would venture say that almost everyone knows of Pablo Picasso, and for good reasons.

He transformed art when he formed the cubist movement, which is pretty rad. But honestly, I would say it was probably his larger-than-life personality and excessive womanizing that helped propel this artist’s reputation to such great heights. (Was that a Postal Service reference? Yeesh.)

It seems like the hipsters of today are always changing their names to something bizarre that somehow encapsulates their funky style better. While I see it as cry for attention, there are a select few times when changing your name is for the best, and honesty it’s a good thing that Picasso decided alter his identity. His full name (and I am absolutely not making this up) is Pablo Diego José Francisco de Paula Juan Nepomuceno María de los Remedios Cipriano de la Santísima Trinidad Clito Ruiz y Picasso. Yeahhh…

Picasso love women. Honestly, that may be a bit of an understatement. He was obsessed. A total hornball, he didn't exactly respect the sanctity of marriage. He was hitched twice yet had a whole slew of affairs. His ego was just too big for him to care. Once, when a husband of a conquest confronted him Picasso allegedly told the man, "Think of it, your wife got to sleep with Picasso!" So lucky.

Yes, he was a heartbreaker. But if it weren’t for the cohorts of women that flocked to his knowing embrace, the world may not have as many stunning, albeit odd, female portraits with sideways faces and wonky boobs. Sort of gross though that some of the women he “painted” were as much as forty years younger than him.

If you haven’t guessed by now, Picasso was a bit of a bad boy, and was even arrested on suspicion of stealing the Mona Lisa. He was one to ruffle feathers, which may have fueled his motivation to join the French Communist Party. He was even honored twice with the Stalin Peace Prize.

And of course his art is stunning and everybody adores it. He is one of the most expensive artists on the market today. Recently, one of his paintings sold at Christie’s auction for a whopping $179 million! While I am not convinced that anyone should pay that much for a painting, I fully endorse the big bucks to be spent on Picasso, for between his love life, political views, and proclivities toward the paint brush, the man well deserves his reputation as one of the most innovative artists around. 

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Born October 25, 1881 - Died April 8, 1973

Full name (and we are absolutely not making this up) is Pablo Diego José Francisco de Paula Juan Nepomuceno María de los Remedios Cipriano de la Santísima Trinidad Clito Ruiz y Picasso

Appears to have had a very healthy self esteem. He was once confronted by a husband whose wife he had had an affair with. Picasso allegedly told the man "think of it, your wife got to sleep with Picasso!".

Was once arrested on suspicion of stealing the Mona Lisa (years later the real thief was caught)

Joined the Communist Party and was twice honored with the International Lenin Peace Prize

Believed that work would keep him alive, so he painted on well into his eighties (and died at 91)

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Here is what Wikipedia says about Pablo Picasso

Pablo Ruiz Picasso (/pɪˈkɑːs, -ˈkæs/;[2] Spanish: [ˈpaβlo piˈkaso]; 25 October 1881 – 8 April 1973) was a Spanish painter, sculptor, printmaker, ceramicist, stage designer, poet and playwright who spent most of his adult life in France. Regarded as one of the most influential artists of the 20th century, he is known for co-founding the Cubist movement, the invention of constructed sculpture,[3][4] the co-invention of collage, and for the wide variety of styles that he helped develop and explore. Among his most famous works are the proto-Cubist Les Demoiselles d'Avignon (1907), and Guernica (1937), a dramatic portrayal of the bombing of Guernica by the German and Italian airforces.

Picasso demonstrated extraordinary artistic talent in his early years, painting in a naturalistic manner through his childhood and adolescence. During the first decade of the 20th century, his style changed as he experimented with different theories, techniques, and ideas. After 1906, the Fauvist work of the slightly older artist Henri Matisse motivated Picasso to explore more radical styles, beginning a fruitful rivalry between the two artists, who subsequently were often paired by critics as the leaders of modern art.[5][6][7][8]

Picasso's work is often categorized into periods. While the names of many of his later periods are debated, the most commonly accepted periods in his work are the Blue Period (1901–1904), the Rose Period (1904–1906), the African-influenced Period (1907–1909), Analytic Cubism (1909–1912), and Synthetic Cubism (1912–1919), also referred to as the Crystal period. Much of Picasso's work of the late 1910s and early 1920s is in a neoclassical style, and his work in the mid-1920s often has characteristics of Surrealism. His later work often combines elements of his earlier styles.

Exceptionally prolific throughout the course of his long life, Picasso achieved universal renown and immense fortune for his revolutionary artistic accomplishments, and became one of the best-known figures in 20th-century art.

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