Life & Career
Self Portrait

José Ruiz Blasco was a professor of drawing and the father of Pablo Piscasso, and Maria Picasso López was his mother. Pablo is a Spanish Cubist Painter and Sculptor who lived from 1881 to 1973.His love for drawing started early in his life around the age of 10 when Picasso was a student of his father in La Coruña, when his family moved there in the year 1891. In 1895 the family moved to Barcelona, where Pablo entered the local Art Academy La Llotja. In 1897 his painting Science and Charity was awarded honorable mention in Madrid at the Fine Arts Exhibition. Between 1901 and mid-1904, when blue was the main colour in his paintings, between this time Picasso moved back and forth from Barcelona to Paris. Toward the end of 1906 Picasso began work on a large work of art that came to be called Les Demoiselles d’Avignon (The Young Ladies of Avignon 1907). His violent use of the female body and mask like painting of the faces has made this work renowned.Picasso and Braque worked closely together during 1909 to 1912 this was the only time Picasso ever worked with another painter, they developed what came to be known as Analytical Cubism The Surrealist establishment, including its main promoter, André Breton, claimed Pablo Picasso as one of their own, and Picasso’s art gained a new element from contact with his Surrealist friends, mainly from the writers. After WWII Picasso continued exhibiting his work which included painting and sculpture, at Autumn Salon of 1944 Picasso’s paintings and sculpture of the former five years were recognized as a shock, this plus the announcement that Picasso had joined the Communist Party led everyone to believe he was against his political views in the gallery itself. At the same time Pablo opened up this studio to both new and old writer and artist friends.

Blue Period to Cubism

Pablo was considered an artist at an early age. He was not happy with the limits of traditional painting. After Picasso moved to Paris he began to produce works that were suffused in blue. The main trigger to these depressing painting was the suicide of Picasso’s friend, but we also have to keep in mind that he was in his late teens, away from home and lived in poor living conditions.

In 1905-6, Picasso started to bring in distinctive beige or “rose” tone, which is less depressing as is early work in the blue period. The Rose period in the first appearance by the circus performers and clown that will populate Picasso’s paintings in the future.

In 1910, Picasso and Braque developed cubism into a completely new meaning. The aim of Analytical Cubism was to produce a abstract image of an object, as opposed to a perceptual one.


Self Portrait

When Picasso started, he was very influenced by his father, who was an art teacher. He was taught to follow directions exactly, and to copy what he would see. This painting was the first to start in his artistic career. Like all, Pablo did not start famous, or with his now know style, but painted pictures as the portrait of himself for practice and a start in anything. Though the painting is not important as an individual, it was important to Pablo’s future in the career of art.

The Old Guitarist:

A blue painting with a man crouched over a guitar was painted in 1903, nearing the end of Picasso’s poverty. This is one of the paintings that reflected his personal life, the feeling of hardship even with a talent. This painting is small, which may be because of the size of paper he was using, but it may be an effect to get a feeling of being small, just a sad small little being in a big world. This painting was also an act inspired by another artist, Toulouse-Lautrec.

Les Demoiselles d’Avignon:

A revolutionary movement was being born by Picasso in 1907. At this time, the people had not seen this enormous painting with its deformity and men in masks. It was not until 25 years later until this painting was recognized as one of the most important paintings to Picasso and to the history of art. This painting has changed the law of art, opening gates to creativity and the discovery that you can do anything with art, mere copies is only one way of doing it.


Pablo was said to have created over 20,000 works including sculptures, drawings and paintings.

Picasso’s Les Noces de Pierrette (1905) is among the artist’s blue period, including some of his most famous works. At the time, Picasso was facing poverty and the loss of a close friend who had recently committed suicide. It was sold to an Asian businessman for $51.7 million and is currently worth $85.7 million.

Garçon à la pipe(1905) by Pablo Picasso was sold for $104.2 million in 2004 (currency adjusted to $118.9 million). The boy in the painting was among the community of entertainers living in the Montmartre sec
Dora Maar au Chat
tion of Paris, many of which were the subjects of Picasso’s red period and it was said that the person name who bought the painting was not released.

One of Picasso’s greatest works was a portrait of his then-mistress Dora Maar (1941). Miss Maar was 29-years-old at the time, 26 years younger than Picasso. The subject was seated with a black cat perched on her shoulder. This painting was sold for $95.2 million dollars in 2006 to an anonymous Russian bidder. This painting is currently worth $101.8 million dollars.