Life of Pablo Picasso
Pablo Picasso was born in Malaga, Spain on October 25, 1881. He was the son of Jose Ruiz, and Maria Picasso. Rather than adopt the common name Ruiz, the young Picasso took the unique name of his mother. Even though his family was middle class, his father was a professor of art at the School of Crafts. He was also a painter specialized in naturalistic depictions of birds. At the age of 7, Picasso’s father taught him the traditional ways of drawing and oil painting. At age 14, Picasso completed the one-month qualifying examination of the Academy of Fine Arts in Barcelona in one day. From there he went to the Academy of San Fernando in Madrid, returning in 1900 to Barcelona. Even though Picasso spent most of his life Paris, Barcelona was still considered to be his real home. At the end of the 19th century, Picasso was sent off on his own to Madrid’s Royal Academy of San Fernando for the very first time. Soon he began to stop attending classes and that was when he wanted to go to the most famous place for young artist, Paris. Just a year after his arrival, his friend, Carlos Casagemas committed suicide. After this terrible event Picasso’s life began to change. The years of 1900 to 1904 were known as the “blue period” because of the blue tone of Picasso’s paintings. During this period, he would spend his days in Paris studying the masterworks at the Louvre and his nights enjoying the company of fellow artists at cabarets. Starting in a late part of 1901, he painted several postmortem portraits of Carlos. The year 1904 marked a drastic change in color and mood for Picasso. He became fascinated with acrobats, clowns and wandering families of the circus world. He started to paint in delicate pinks and grays, often highlighted with brighter tones. This was known as his “rose period.” Picasso’s rose period began in the year 1904, and lasted until 1906. He was about 24 years old when he went to France again. The start of this...
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