38 Things You Don't Know About Artistic Genius Pablo Picasso


The talented Spanish artist Pablo Picasso was born on October 25, 1881. In order to remember his remarkable career, we gathered a list of rare facts about Picasso!

1. Picasso was born in on October 25, 1881 in Spain.

The notable painter was born in Málaga, Spain.

2. His real name is actually Pablo Diego José Francisco de Paula Juan Nepomuceno María de los Remedios Cipriano de la Santísima Trinidad Ruiz y Picasso.

What happened? Are you surprised?

3. Picasso almost died during birth.

Picasso was not breathing properly when he was born. He was brought back to life by his uncle.

4. He started painting when he was 9 years old.

It can be said that he had an early entrance into the art world.

5. Picasso inherited his artistic talent from his father.

Picasso's father was a painter and an arts teacher.

6. He was really interested in painting from primary school on.

He was more interested with the shapes of numbers rather than the meanings they conveyed. His notebooks were full of drawings.

7. At the age of 13, he was able to reach the talent of his father.

Picasso completes a painting upon the request of his father. He was asked to complete the feet of a dove in the painting. He manages to paint the feet so realistically that his father approves his talent.

8. He studied at the Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando in Barcelona.

9. Picasso used his mother's surname.

Picasso started using his mother's surname, Picasso, from 1901.

10. His first paintings are filled with realistic elements.

In the earlier years of his career, Picasso didn't depict cubist or surrealist elements.

11. Picasso suffered from scarlet fever when he was young and this disease changed the course of his paintings.

12. Picasso opened up his first solo exhibition in 1900.

His first show was exhibited in Galeri Volland in 1900.

13. He gained recognition quickly and became one of the most famous painters in Barcelona.

14. His artistic life is composed of different periods.

Blue Period, Rose Period, Cubism, etc.

15. Blue Period

This period is known for the painting that has a strong focus on the color blue.

16. Picasso frequently painted circus elements and clowns in the Blue period.

17. He was really interested in circuses around this period.

He usually depicted the unsettling parts of circus life.

18. Rose Period

This period covers the works that contain reds and pinks.

19. This period is known for its melancholic and emotional figures.

Most of the figures in this period have a fragile figure.

20. These paintings are known for their focus on lines and patterns.

21. His cubist lines slowly start to appear.

22. Picasso's works were pioneers of Cubism.

Picasso continued to paint Cubist paintings from 1907 to 1914.

23. He started making collages around 1912.

Picasso went towards Synthetic Cubism by experimenting with materials like newspaper clippings, glass and cigarettes.

24. Cubism Transformations

From the year 1910 on, Picasso and Braque started to expand the horizons of Cubism. This first attempt is known as Analytical Cubism, where an object is divided into its pieces. The aim of doing this is not to create a representation of the object but rather represent the object's reality.

25. Remarkable works of the Cubist era

This painting is called Les Demoiselles d'Avignon and it depicts 5 prostitutes from a brothel. It was painted in 1907 in France.

26. Guernica was painted during this time period.

This painting represents the city of Guernica, which was bombed by German soldiers. 

There is an interesting story behind this painting. When Picasso was working on Guernica, a German commander went into the room and asked Picasso whether he painted this piece. Picasso calmly replies, "No, you did this."

27. Picasso went through many relationships and marriages.

28. Picasso is considered as one of the most productive painters of his time.

According to the Guinness World Records, he painted 13,500 paintings and printed over 100,000 prints. He also created 34,000 book images, 300 statues, and many other works.

29. Picasso is commonly criticized for his thoughts over women.

"There are only two types of women - goddesses and doormats."

These words from Picasso raised a lot of negative reactions.

30. Picasso is one of the few artists who actually witnessed their own fame.

Many artists gain recognition years after they are dead. Not even Michelangelo witnessed his own fame when he was alive.

31. Picasso and Modern Arts

Although Picasso is considered a modern artist, Picasso considered himself as a utopian painter. Picasso excluded himself from painters like Kandisky and Mondrian, who consider their works as an extension of human evolution.

32. Picasso did not see art as a vehicle.

He thought that art becomes hilarious if it is made with a purpose.

33. Picasso frequently uses female figures in his work.

Naked woman figures are essential for Picasso's paintings. Especially after 1920, all of his artwork became related to the female figure.

34. His bohemian life affected his relationships significantly.

His laidback, bohemian behavior drove many women crazy.

35. He kept being energetic, even in the last years of his life.

36. Picasso lived each of his days as creatively as possible.

37. He is considered as one of the most prominent artists of the 20th Century.

38. Picasso died at the age of 91.

The legendary artist died on April 8th, 1973, when he was 91 years old.

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