Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Time Travel Tuesday: Pablo Picasso

Pablo Diego José Francisco de Paula Juan Nepomuceno María de los Remedios Cipriano de la Santísima Trinidad Martyr Patricio Clito Ruíz y Picasso, Better known as just Pablo Picasso, was born on October 25, 1881 in Malaga, Spain. His father was also a painter and began formally training Pablo in art at the age of 7.

Much of Picasso's artwork is categorized into different periods. The most commonly accepted periods are: the Blue Period (1901–1904), the Rose Period (1905–1907), the African-influenced Period (1908–1909), Analytic Cubism (1909–1912), and Synthetic Cubism (1912–1919). The Blue Period consisted of mainly paintings in blues and blue-greens and only occasionally a touch of other colors. The subject matter usually showed the poorest in society such as drunks and beggars. The Rose Period was a time of cheerful paintings of harlequins and clowns in pinks and orange colors. His African-influenced Period, sometimes called the Black Period, was largely influenced by African sculptors of the time. Analytic Cubism broke pictures down into basic geometric shapes and often had little or no color in the paintings. Synthetic Cubism is similar to collage and consists of more colors than analytic cubism and often used more than one art medium in the same piece.

Some of Picasso's most famous works include: Guernica and The Old Guitarist.

Pablo Picasso died in Mougins, France on April 8,1973.

*Note to parents*- Picasso lived a rather "colorful" life. He fathered 4 children with 3 women and had several lovers, including during times he was married. He also has several paintings that depict prostitutes and nudity. I only mention this as a warning, in case you wanted to allow your children to research Pablo Picasso on their own.

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