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Updated on July 9, 2014

Pablo Picasso-Facts About Pablo Picasso

One of the most interesting facts about Pablo Picasso to me, and I would say disturbing as a woman,is that Pablo Picasso's treatment of women stunk! I guess we all draw from out lives but how would you like a portrait of you painted by someone famous and have it exploit their anger with you? Humm. Interesting anyway. Fathers and their daughters... humm I would have loved (or cried?) to have been a fly on the wall of Paloma Picasso.

Picasso mistress and subject is at the forefront to me. His art often reflected on what he was feeling about his mistress and dare I call them his royal subjects? Picasso's mistress' and subjects of art filled many a Picasso canvas. Personally I am not fond of that side of him because he did not hesitate to humiliate. It cannot be denied however that his art was genius.

Ahh the tortured genius.

I have considered the interesting facts about Picasso and realize as an artist that YES, it is OK to have different styles of work. Different periods of time, different interests, like Picasso's interest in African art influenced different explorations of expression. His "Blue Period" was another as well as cubism and his efforts in clay and pottery. So hey! If Picasso could have different styles so can I! Not that I would let that stop me. lol.

Pablo Ruiz Picasso (October 25, 1881 - April 8, 1973),

Birth name Pablo Diego José Francisco de Paula Juan Nepomuceno María de los Remedios Cipriano de la Santísima Trinidad Martyr Patricio Clito Ruiz y Picasso

Born October 25, 1881

Malaga, Spain

Died April 8, 1973 (aged 91)

Mougins, France

Nationality Spanish

Field Painting, Drawing, Sculpture, Printmaking, Ceramics

Training Jose Ruíz (father), Academy of Arts, Madrid

Movement Cubism

Famous works Les Demoiselles d'Avignon (1907)

Guernica (1937) The Weeping Woman (1937)

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Pablo Picasso's Guernica

Pablo Picasso's Guernica-a powerful and shocking image of modernwarefare-depicts the chaos wrought by German bombers on a small town during the Spanish Civil War.

Guernica is considered to be one of the visual art worlds greatest anti-war works and Picasso's greatest masterpiece. Despite the enormous interest the painting generated in his lifetime, Picasso obstinately refused to explain Guernica's imagery. Guernica has been the subject of more books than any other work in modern art and it is often described as…"the most important work of art of the twentieth century", yet its meanings have to this day eluded some of the most renowned scholars.

How to Feel Sexy When Sex is the Last Thing on Your Mind and Why Older Women Should Keep Trying

by Kathy Ostman-Magnusen

Ahh those Picasso women, old and young....

Are there beautiful older 'sexy' women? Feeling as if we are beautiful while being older women and sexy too is hard! Sometimes it all just seems to close down, isn't it true? There is a certain dullness that sets in and we just don't feel like embracing sexuality in our daily lives. Yet, it is a part of us, ignore it or not.

How to feel sexy when things just feel flat. It's a daunting subject when you feel settled with who you 'think' you are at fifty, sixty or even seventy. Why bother we think at times, isn't it true? In the latter years we often lose touch with that side of ourselves. Wrinkles, excess pounds and cellulite that has settled in, kids long gone, and life just changes. Our personalities are oft times created by things outside ourselves and we embrace them because they are pleasurable, but also maybe because it just feels safe and next experience in line.

Many women claim that at fifty and after, they feel a certain confidence about themselves and consider themselves free...finally. I believe that is true, but I also think sexuality is put on the back shelf. It just feels easier and maybe safer somehow.

If you pay attention to the media 'too much' your confidences are often deflated and if you are like me at all, you might feel like a figurine on the shelf, dust collecting, as the world whizzes by you. Television especially tells us that if we are not in our early 20's, we are past the age of desirability. We are permeated with the concept that men 'only' look at young women and that is just the way men are.

There is no denying that men are visual, but I don't that 'all' of them are mindless. My goodness I sure hope not!

We 'are' sexual beings and our bodies are designed to feel pleasure, it is who we are and to deny that part, is to deny a part of our own identity, shutting it down and believing what the media tells us.

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So lets feel sexy (again)!!

How to is the question at hand.

I personally think it is a state of mind, yes a simple mind set. Here are a few ideas:

1) Learn to flirt again! I am not ready to be put on the shelf! No way! I embrace the idea of feeling sexy as I talk in a somewhat flirtatious manner. Remember flirting? Not to worry, I am not suggesting you start coming on to your friends husbands, don't misunderstand. I am suggesting that flirting with the idea of feeling sexual and being 'playful' and 'girly' can be fun and not all that outside of the box. Create that 'attitude' and it will become you.

2) Consider changing your hair. That is a fantastic way to reinvent yourself and get past the dullness. Maybe a little longer so the breezes can touch the ends of your locks, reminding you that the wind is as free as you can be.

3) Reconsider your wardrobe and get the heck out of Sears!

4) Exercise, diet and do it for YOU!

5) Get your toes done, even if only every six months.

6) Reconsider your make up. Are you still wearing it the same way you did when in high school? Sounds funny but you know that many are.

7) Watch your walk... connect with that 'graceful' side and rethink your stride.

8) Rethink your stride in life... YOU are important and your sexuality is a genuine part of who you are as a woman. Be the rainbow you long to know.

Feeling sexy as an older woman is right there within your grasp...It's an attitude.

The image is of my sculpture "Bleeding Wings 5"

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Pablo Picasso: Guernica, 1937, oil on canvas, 349 Ã 776 cm

Pablo Picasso: Guernica,  1937, oil on canvas, 349 Ã 776 cm
Pablo Picasso: Guernica, 1937, oil on canvas, 349 Ã 776 cm

Interesting Facts About Picasso

1. Pablo Picasso's Full Name is Extremely Long

Pablo Diego Jose Francisco de Paula Juan Nepomuseno Maria de los remedies Ciprano de la Santasima Trinidad Martyr Patricio Clito Ruiz y Picasso!

2. Almost Stillborn

3. First Word 'Pencil'

4. First Oil Based Drawing 'Le Picador', at age of nine.

5. First Communion' First Academic Painting 'First Communion', is a portrait of his mother, father, and youngest sister, kneeling before an altar.

6. Pablo Picasso and His Academic Career: Trouble passing the entrance exams of every artistic institution of higher learning

7. Picasso's First Job in Paris: with his landlord/art dealer, Pere Menach fpr 150 francs per month, today's money, equates to about $750 USD.

Portrait of Pablo Picasso 1912

Portrait of Pablo Picasso 1912
Portrait of Pablo Picasso 1912

Weeping Woman

Weeping Woman
Weeping Woman

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Large Nude in Red Armchair 1928 by Pablo Picasso -

Large Nude in Red Armchair 1928 by Pablo Picasso -
Large Nude in Red Armchair 1928 by Pablo Picasso -

Bitterness and Betrayal Forgiven Beyond the Wounded Sky

by Kathy Ostman-Magnusen

Ohhh that Picasso, such a ladies man...

Oh bitterness

what a torment

falling on dreams

blocking them out

so easily.

What a terrible sting

and pathetic song

that seems to penetrate everything

colors drowned

Pain that never seems to end

no matter

how far away

one travels

or what one does

to try to get through

those memorized heartaches.

Reasons to feel angry

always on ones mind

twists of fate

even hurricanes of unkindness

words

deeds

unleashed

never to be taken back?

Never to be forgotten?

Selfish maybe?

Embracing the idea of betrayal

magnifying its hurtful deeds

trampled flowers

unfaithful arms of love

forever dying.

Flaws pointed to

and put to question

that have no pure answers.

Rivers without water

in a true loves eye

blinded

and so sadly denied

within the bitter strokes

of condemnation.

Accounts kept

measuring worth

deciding which excuses

will be heard

and the ones to remember

forever

despite the bleeding

costs.

Coping with the surprise

that memories

when tainted

become painted

with whatever vengeance

the heart leans to.

Cruel quotes

or forgiveness

move forward

depending

on their prompted direction.

Choices

looking away

ready to settle arguments

or never overlooking those sins.

Charm bracelets of trinkets

building on what could have been

held together by disappointments

or letting them be golden

seems so simple

but no

not with bitterness

on ones shoulder.

Loneliness

for the one right next to you

breathing on their pillow

dark nights

set to words that feel empty.

Run or stay

there is no magic

when caution is the only

sound

around.

ABOUT Kathy Ostman-Magnusen: I am an artist, represented by Monkdogz Urban Art, New York. ORIGINAL ART may be purchased through Monkdogz: http://www.monkdogz.com/chelseagallery/artistart/M...

The pic is of my sculpture found at: My newest website: http://www.kathyostman-magnusen.com

Men Approaching Women and the Women Who Tease Them - What Are the Rules?

by Kathy Ostman-Magnusen

Speaking of Picasso's love life ....

OK, you are walking down the street and some guy starts calling out, "Hey Baby". You don't look up, nor sideways and don't even entertain his odd way of 'complimenting' (?) you. Logical, it's all logical, and surely men know that.

Online there are men seeking women and vice versa of course but for this article I am addressing us women. Men online can be just as bold on the internet, even more so, often approaching women with very little finesse and just like the "Hey Baby" guy.

And yet.. there are a lot of lonely people out there and it is sometimes difficult to sift through the boldness of some mens behavior. Is it a compliment or not? Do you reply after gentle compliments? My heart yes, why would you not acknowledge a compliment? Also, for me and a lot of people I was raised to have good manners and to be kind to everyone. At times it becomes confusing!

Where do you draw the line though and how do you know when that line should be drawn, because so often, yes indeed a line must be drawn.

There will forever be such a thing as teasing. There is nothing wrong with enjoying and accepting a compliment, who does not appreciate a compliment? But, women must be aware, especially if they are married or in a committed relationship, that lines must be drawn and they must be made clear early on. Anything else might be misconstrued and considered teasing. Not nice. I think I have personally been guilty of said teasing but as I write this, I get it. I confess to being confused because I also admit at times to being vulnerable to a compliment.

Decide ladies 'why' you are online. What are you doing? Do you know? If not and if you are in a committed relationship, first things first, decide what you want out of your efforts online. Is it business or is it pleasure? If it is pleasure, where is that line drawn and how far do you plan on going with it needs to be understood by YOU? Are you teasing?

The image is of one of my sculptures from my Bleeding Wings series.

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Pablo Picasso's Guernica... controversy

Pablo Picasso's Guernica... controversy
Pablo Picasso's Guernica... controversy

Pablo Picasso Quotes

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Art is not the application of a canon of beauty but what the instinct and the brain can conceive beyond any canon. When we love a woman we don’t start measuring her limbs.

Art is never chaste. It ought to be forbidden to ignorant innocents, never allowed into contact with those not sufficiently prepared. Yes, art is dangerous. Where it is chaste, it is not art.

The artist is a receptacle for emotions that come from all over the place; from the sky, from the earth, from a scrap of paper, from a passing shape, from a spider’s web.

If there is something to steal, I steal it!.

Painting is stronger than me, it makes me do its bidding.

When we discovered Cubism, we did not have the aim of discovering Cubism. We only wanted to express what was in us.

People want to find a "meaning" in everything and everyone. That's the disease of our age, an age that is anything but practical but believes itself to be more practical than any other age.

Success is dangerous. One begins to copy oneself, and to copy oneself is more dangerous than to copy others. It leads to sterility.

Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone.

I don't say everything, but I paint everything.

~Pablo Picasso

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      sukkran trichy 4 years ago from Trichy/Tamil Nadu

      successful artist in our age. i love picasso's work.

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      TanoCalvenoa 4 years ago

      He sure wore a funky hat. I love a lot of his artwork, and have for many years.

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      cutethings 4 years ago

      I learned a lot from your lens and found out new things about Pablo Picasso. Thank you.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Great lens, well done! Squidlike

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      DMVAgent 5 years ago

      wew... very genius person! his work was very was very awesome... thanks for posting this, another new topic to be learned!

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      EbooksFreeWeekl1 5 years ago

      I saw some of his work in more detail in some Art Humanities class. Your lens has much more about him and his work. Interesting artwork expression.

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      Andrej977 LM 5 years ago

      Very interesting lens for reading!

      Thanks for sharing!!

      I give you F-Like

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Why can't I vote that I don't like his art?

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      poldepc lm 5 years ago

      Great Lens; next to one of my biggest passions to travel, I would like to paint aquarels; most of all I would like to be a hobbyist painter with the Picasso style

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      Spiderlily321 5 years ago

      Thanks for creating such an informative and interesting lens on Picasso. I featured your lens on my "My fiance's theories" lens. Thank you for sharing!

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      Donnette Davis 5 years ago from South Africa

      Thank you so much for sharing this with us.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Pablo Picasso seems to be a person beyond understanding but you sure have done the leg work to help us along that path a bit further...I really like some of his work and some of his just isn't my taste at all....we'll never know if the burned paintings were the really good ones. Brilliantly done Kathy, I was hoping he'd be more likable but...!...blessed!...*

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      yayas 5 years ago

      So many creative people like Pablo Picasso seem to have extreme mental difficulties. I feel so sad for them when it seems that they are trying to run away from their pain by burying themselves in their talent.

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      irenemaria 5 years ago from Sweden

      He was an unusual person and artist indeed.

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      CruiseReady 5 years ago from East Central Florida

      I remember 'discovering' Picasso as a kid in art history class, and how impressed I was... he's STILL impressive so many years later!

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      LouisaDembul 5 years ago

      Imagine that he had to burn his paintings to keep warm, what a shame!

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      vkumar05 5 years ago

      Great Lens about a great genius.

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      Risteard O'Marcahain 5 years ago from Wales

      I love bumping into you on my travels Hi

      This is a great lens

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      flipflopju 5 years ago

      I just saw a Picasso to Warhol exhibit in Atlanta and yet I learned more from your lens than the exhibit.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Picasso's Confession

      The people no longer seek consolation on inspiration in art,

      but the refined people, the rich, the idlers, seek the new, the extraordinary, the original, the extravagant, the scandalous. And myself since epic of cubism, I have contented these people with all the many bizare things that have come into

      my head and the less they understood the more they admired. Today, you know,

      I am very famous and very rich, but when i am alone with myself, I have not the courage to concider myself as an artist, I am only a public entertainer who has understood his times.

      (Published in the Living Musem) Rorran

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      goo2eyes lm 5 years ago

      winging back to share some squidangel *blessings*.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I really enjoyed this lens and I found out a lot about him that I didn't know, and with being given the name of a lot of saints, he sure had a lot to live up to. I tend to separate the bad things about him, from the work that he did, as an artist he was brilliant, as a person well did treating people like he did end up making him happy, as you said he ended up suffering from a deep depression.

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      dessertlover 5 years ago

      Wow, this lens is awesome! I feel like I learned so much! I never knew that he had such a long name - and truly it is a LONG name!! lol thank you for sharing this!

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      Angela F 5 years ago from Seattle, WA

      What a great lens - I'm an admirer of Picasso's works but learned so much more about him today. Hard to believe he once burned his own paintings to keep warm!

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      kathysart 5 years ago

      @WaynesWorld LM: Humm.. well I think Picasso was a great artist but an immature ass. Marriage is a relationship of the heart, if one is manipulating the other then the heart is diminished and the love between as well. I've never respected brow beating men. I might respect some of their attributes, as with Picasso, but not the man.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Very interesting read. Most geniuses have their darker and more eccentric side and figure that Pablo is no different!

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      WaynesWorld LM 5 years ago

      There is a book called, "How to Become an Alpha Male" I found a link if you're interested: http://www.sosuave.com/dating/how-to-become-an-alp...

      Anyway the guy talks about how there is a need factor with relationships and for whatever reason the more you need someone the less they need you. So if you treat your significant other with a bit of disdain they actually try to please you more? I don't know if this is where Picasso was coming from in regards to women but it would make sense. I asked a friend of mine what his dad had told him about women, "Get them young and treat em' rough."

      I've been married for 21 years and never tried any of that crap, there was a time in my drinking days that my wife got PO'd with me and gave me the silent treatment. It lasted 3 days before she made the first move to reconcile, that really is the only time I ever used any sort of manipulation (and I wasn't even aware of it.)

      My niece married a guy and stuck with him for 3 years even though he treated her badly before they got married, in her words, "I thought I could change him."

      I've seen guys that were really successful in different areas and they all seemed to float on their own clouds of BS.

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 5 years ago from Ljubljana

      About his treatment of his ladies... I believe it always take two to tango!

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      Renaissance Woman 5 years ago from Colorado

      I gained a great deal of information and insight here. Love your sculpture (Bleeding Wings 5). Wow! Very impressive. Picasso is still an enigma, as perhaps are all artists. Stimulating collection of art and perspectives here. Thanks!

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      kathysart 5 years ago

      @NoYouAreNot: Picasso and Bowie? Only that Bowie honored Picasso with a song.. written about him.

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      NoYouAreNot 5 years ago

      I might have missed sthg, but I can't seem to find the link between Picasso and Bowie, except that they were/are both extremely talented and ingenuous, and created things according to their own fantasy, not caring about conventions.

      One of my favourite quotes ever is "Imagination exists, but it has to find you working." It was said by Pablo.

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      Mary Norton 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Enjoyed reading your lens. Thanks for sharing much more.

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      gypsyman27 lm 5 years ago

      Once again, he was a great artist. I can only hope to get close to his life's achievements when my time is over here. See you around the galaxy...

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      spartakct 5 years ago

      wonderful lens!

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      Odille Rault 5 years ago from Gloucester

      What a fascinating treasure trove of interesting information! I knew very little about Picasso until now, and had no idea how fascinating his background and art are! Thanks for the introduction! :)

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      QuinnWolf LM 6 years ago

      Great lens. What I don't understand is why painters like Picasso and Pollock were misogynists. I think most of the time misogyny is alcholol influenced and a lot of creative people tend to have substance abuse issues..

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Not being aware of his personal life, it is interesting to know the other side of Picasso. Still, his art is very powerful and leaves a strong print in the layers of mind.

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      Michelle Mafra 6 years ago from Corona CA

      Very nice lens and loved to learn few more curiosities about Picasso and his life. It is funny as I thought I had an extremely long name 5 in total, but I think he breaks the record!

      Thanks you for stopping by my paper quilling cards lens and for your sweet comment:)

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      mattseefood lm 6 years ago

      Really interesting. You know a LOT! :)

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      chrispell017 6 years ago

      nice lens very interesting. love the weeping woman!

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      GeoffSteen 6 years ago

      I love the Weeping Woman; I first saw it at the Tate Gallery in Liverpool (assuming it's the same version).

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      NYThroughTheLens 6 years ago

      Great lens!

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      PeterStip 6 years ago

      Good to see a personal opinion lens, instead of facts from wiki. Yes the personal side of an artist and his work are often two different things. Picasso was a genius and influenced thousands of other artists. But still, his relationships with women was notorious.

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      MargoPArrowsmith 6 years ago

      Lots of information

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      Christene-S 6 years ago

      Blessed by a SquidAngel :)

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      Christene-S 6 years ago

      Blessed by a SquidAngel :)

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      John Dyhouse 6 years ago from UK

      Interesting, although I have never really taken to cubism or Picasso. I admire his academic works but never quite took to paintings after his blue period. I do like a lot of abstract work however, just not his style

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      jlshernandez 6 years ago

      I think Picasso's art is overrated. And he is famous and a household name in the art world. There are a lot of artists out there that deserve recognition. Thanks for sharing his side as a mysogynist.

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      BuckHawkcenter 6 years ago

      Clearly a talented artist, but a tortured man to say the least. Hopefully, he fulfilled something in his life rather than just his art.

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      hlkljgk 6 years ago from Western Mass

      certainly an intriguing artist :)

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      [in reply to heyada]

      heyada,

      you have a weird name 1st off. 2nd i think picasso is dumb that i have to learn about him. he cheats on his wives!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 3rd off... HES DEAD!!!!!!!!!!!! nobody cares about a dead person. (unless its me of course)

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      i'm doing an art project on picasso and this really helped me!!!! picasso rules!!!

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      i am a student at caister high school and i chose picasso for my art project i thought i knew it all but this has taught me a lot thank you any way great lens.

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      irenemaria 9 years ago from Sweden

      Senor Picasso was really one of a kind! Nice lens!

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      RichLeighHD 9 years ago

      Great lens there Kathy, a definite 5 stars from me!

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      funwithtrains lm 9 years ago

      Another great lens by you! 5 stars and a favorite from me! Please visit my Turbulence Training lens.

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      larrybla lm 9 years ago

      No doubt Picasso was a great artist. However he did borrow heavily from African art. In his own words, "If there is something to steal, I steal it!."

      Thanksys for the extensive information.

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      dtbs 9 years ago

      picasso was definitely an innovator! great lens! please check mine out here------------> squidoo.com/dtbs

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      Evelyn Saenz 9 years ago from Royalton

      I love Picasso's paintings and the way his technique changed over time.

      Vincent VanGogh is another of my favorites.

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      123tiny 9 years ago

      I love Picasso's art even though i am still young.this is a great lens!!!!!

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      BeccaFletcher 9 years ago

      I love Picasso's work. It's always interesting to learn about the artist. Another terrific lens!

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      BarbosaArt 9 years ago

      I am a big fan of Picasso! 5 stars and a lensroll to The Starving Artist