Interesting Facts About Pablo Picasso

By admin ~ October 11th, 2009 @ 5:27 pm

The Person

Although the world knows him as Pablo Picasso, his full name was ‘Pablito Diego Jose Santiago Francisco de Paula Juan Nepomuceno Crispin Crispiniano de los Remedios Cipriano de la Santisima Trinidad Ruiz Blasco y Picasso Lopez’. Till the age of nineteen he used the name Ruiz Blasco after his father before changing his name after his mother. Picasso liked to enjoy the time in the company of his friends when he was not painting. His friends were as distinguished as Gertrude Stein, Andre Breton and Apollinaire. He was never satisfied with one life partner. There always used to be mistresses to give him company besides his wife. His most distinguished lover was the famous artist Dora Maar.

Guernica

Guernica (1937) is possibly the most famous war painting of Picasso. Guernica is a place in Spain which was devastated by German bombing. The dark and somber mood of this painting reflects Picasso’s attitude to war and depicts its brutal and inhuman nature. This painting was in the Museum of Modern Art in New York till 1981 when it was returned to Spain. In fact Picasso rued about the absence of democracy in his native country Spain and instructed that Guernica be kept out of Spain till return of democracy to that country. The painting is adorning the wall of Queen Sofia’s Museum in Madrid since 1992.

The Rebel

Picasso was rebellious in rejecting traditional art forms and constantly experimented with new art styles. He had this attitude for being different from a young age. As a teenage boy at the Royal Academy of Madrid where he was sent by his father for training, he used to wear unconventional dresses and kept long hair. Such rebellious behavior and non-traditional approach to painting annoyed his father a great deal. Picasso’s days in Paris where he went in 1900 to learn art staying in a damp decrepit building were difficult as he remained so absorbed in his works that he even forgot his food and barely survived.

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