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Picasso Pablo : one of the greatest artist

Updated on February 8, 2014

Pablo Picasso was one of the most imaginative artists of the 20th century. He is famous for developing the Cubist style of painting.

Pablo Ruiz y Picasso was born in Malaga, Spain. His family later moved to Barcelona. He visited Paris and settled in a studio on the Left Bank in 1904. His early work there was painted in gray-blue colors with long, thin, sad figures. This is known as Picasso's blue period.

Picasso and the French artist Georges Braque (1882-1963) visited an exhibition of Paul Cezanne (1839-1906) in 1907. Cezanne tried to paint the geometric lines that he saw in nature. Influenced by Cezanne and by their interest in simple shapes and lines used in African art, Picasso and Braque developed a style called Cubism. Instead of showing only the visible side of an object, they tried to paint all the sides at once using forms such as cubes and cones.

One of Picasso's most famous work was influenced by the bombing of the city of Guernica during the Spanish Civil War (1936-39). His mural Guernica (1937) vividly shows the brutality of war.

After World War II (1939-45), Picasso moved to the south of France, where he continued to produce his work into old age.


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      Daniel Carter 7 years ago from Western US

      I didn't really ever appreciate Picasso until more recently. As I have visited galleries and seen his works and studied his life more, I feel he is one of the greater artistic geniuses of the 20th Century. This is a good hub. I would be eager to read more hubs about his most famous pieces and their histories. Looking forward to reading more!