Pablo Picasso was born in 1881 in Spain and went on to become one of the most influential artists in the century. He was a sculptor, a painter, a printmaker, a ceramicist and even a stage designer. At the time, he was considered to be a radical artist. Out of his 91 years on Earth, he devoted nearly 80 years to the artistic development of different kinds.
He was born to Ruiz Blasco in the tiny town of Malaga in Spain in 1881. He was a serious child and seemed to have been predestined for greatness even at a young age. Even though he did not fare well at school, he excelled in drawing. His father encouraged him to draw and paint, and by the time he was 13 years old, his skills had outgrown his father’s. His family moved to Barcelona when he turned 14, where he applied to the School of Fine Arts. He aced the entrance examination and was admitted to the school without a second thought.
At the beginning of the twentieth century, he moved to Paris, France and opened his own art studio. This period is often called as the Blue Period by art critics and art historians since the color blue seems to dominate all of the Picasso’s paintings created during this period. The “Blue Nude”, “the Old Guitarist” and the “La Vie” are famous paintings from this period in Picasso’s life.
The Blue Period is followed by the Rose Period when Picasso started using warmer colors in his creations. The “Family at Saltimbanques”, “Two Nudes” and the “Gertrude Stein” are examples of his exemplary artwork during this period. His most well-known painting depicted the Spanish Civil War and was completed in 1937. The “Guernica” is one of the most exquisite anti-war paintings the world has ever seen.