Picasso’s Legacy Persists

Posted on May 19, 2011 by

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Pablo Picasso is a name everyone knows. One does not even have to be involved with art at all, and yet he or she can probably name a few of Picasso’s pieces. From his cubism to his surrealism, he’s a world-known artist who continues to be praised.

He was born on October 25th of 1881 in Málaga, Spain, to Don José Ruiz y Blasco and María Picasso y López. Pablo was a Spanish painter and a sculptor and lived most of his adult life in France. From an early age, he demonstrated a passionate skill for drawing. His father gave him formal artistic training in figure drawing and oil painting.

In 1900, Picasso made his first trip to Paris, during which he met his Parisian friend, Max Jacob, a poet and journalist who taught Pablo the language. In turn, they shared an apartment and worked at opposite hours. Jacob would work during the day, and Picasso worked during the night. It was a time of severe poverty for both men.

In the beginning of the 20th century, Picasso shuffled his residence between Barcelona and Paris. He met a Bohemian artist, Fernande

Olivier, who became his mistress. She appears in many of his Rose period paintings. After claiming some fame and fortune, he left Olivier for Eva Gouel and declared his love for her in many of his cubist pieces. He was devastated by her early and unfortunate death by illness at age 30 in 1915.

Many of his paintings, drawings and sculptures were inspired by his affairs, his marriages, and World War II.  He remained in Paris as Nazi’s occupied it, and his artistic style did not appeal to them, so he did not exhibit during this time. Picasso also took up writing as another outlet, and, in the span of twenty-four years, he wrote over three hundred poems.

Over the course of his many years and many relationships, including two marriages and several mistresses between and during, Picasso had four children and acquired a large home in southern France.

April 8th of 1973, he and his second wife, Jacqueline Roque, were entertaining friends for dinner. His last words were, “Drink to me, drink to my health–you know I can’t drink anymore.” Devastated after his death, Jacqueline took her own life in 1986 at the age of 60 by gunshot.

Picasso’s work is still admired and listed as some of the most expensive artwork beside that of Van Gogh, Warhol, and Pollock.

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