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Pablo Picasso

Artistic genius Pablo Picasso co-founded Cubism and produced a monumental 20,000 artworks during his 70-year career. Picasso’s torrential outpouring of work was so extensive and complex that art historians have divided it into individual periods. A prodigy in his youth, Picasso enrolled in advanced classes at Barcelona’s Royal Academy of Art at age 15. The strong geometric forms of his groundbreaking Cubist works redefined art as a medium that could digress from literal images of reality. Passionately creative in every genre from primitive art to sketches to Surrealism, Picasso profoundly impacted 20th century art.

"Art is a lie that makes us realize truth." ~ Pablo Picasso

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Pablo Ruiz Picasso (October 25, 1881 - April 8, 1973), often referred to simply as Picasso, was a Spanish painter and sculptor. His full name is Pablo Diego Jose Francisco de Paula Juan Nepomuceno Maria de los Remedios Cipriano de la Santisima Trinidad Clito Ruiz y Picasso. One of the most recognized figures in 20th century art, he is best known as the co-founder, along with Georges Braque, of cubism, and for the wide variety of styles embodied in his work. Among his most famous works are the proto-Cubist Les Demoiselles d'Avignon (1907) and his depiction of the German bombing of Guernica during the Spanish Civil War, Guernica (1937).

Pablo Picasso was born in Malaga, Spain, the first child of Jose Ruiz y Blasco and Maria Picasso y Lopez. He was christened with the names Pablo, Diego, Jose, Francisco de Paula, Juan Nepomuceno, Maria de los Remedios, and Cipriano de la Santisima Trinidad, a series of names honouring various saints and relatives. Added to these were Ruiz and Picasso, for his father and mother, respectively, as per Spanish custom.¹

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Top Pablo Picasso Books

1. A Life of Picasso: The Prodigy, 1881-1906 ~ Richardson

2. Picasso: ...the World's Greatest Artists (Ages 9-12)

3. A Life of Picasso: The Cubist Rebel, 1907-1916 ~ Richardson

4. Pablo Picasso: Breaking All the Rules (Ages 4-8)

5. Picasso : A Biography ~ Patrick O'Brian

6. Who Was Pablo Picasso? ~ True Kelley (Ages 9-12)

7. Picasso ~ Philippe Dagen

8. A Life of Picasso: The Triumphant Years, 1917-1932

9. Picasso in The Metropolitan Museum of Art

10. Pablo Picasso: A Biography For Beginners ~ Carl Rollyson

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