25 October-Pablo Picasso

‘Still Life with a Mandolin’ is a painting by Pablo Picasso. It can be viewed in the National Gallery of Ireland. The painting was bequeathed to the National Gallery by Máire MacNeill Sweeney in 1987.

Pablo Ruiz y Picasso was born in Málaga, Spain in 1881. He was a painter and sculptor and is one of the most famous artists of the 20th century. From a young age Picasso displayed outstanding artistic ability. He attended Art College in Barcelona and Madrid before moving to Paris in 1901.

Picasso settled in Paris in 1904 and opened his own studio in the Montmartre area. During the following years he constantly altered and updated his style. The changing style is divided into periods frequently referred to as: Blue Period (1901-1904), Rose Period (1904-1906), African-influenced Period (1907-1909) and Cubism (1909-1919).

A co-founder of the Cubist movement Picasso was an exceptionally prolific artist. He has thousands of pieces to his name and his work has been seen by millions around the world. Among his most famous works are Les Demoiselles d’Avignon (1907), and Guernica (1937). Les Demoiselles d’Avignon is in the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Guernica depicts the destruction of the city of Guernica in Northern Spain during the Spanish Civil War. At the request of Franco, the city was bombed by the German and Italian air-forces

During his 78 year career Picasso produced thousands of pieces of art and his work is better known and has sold more pieces than any other artist of his time. His paintings have set record prices for art sold at auction. In 2004 ‘Garson a la Pipe’, was sold for $104.1 million. In 2010 ‘Nude, Green Leaves and Bust’, a painting which was created in one day in 1932, was sold at auction in eight minutes for $106.5 million. Picasso died at the age of 91 on April 8th 1973 in Mougins near the city of Cannes in the Southeast of France.

Pablo Picasso was born in Málaga, Spain in the year 1881 On This Day.

Pablo Picasso photo

Pablo Picasso pintando el Guernica (París, 1937)

Photo by Recuerdos de Pandora

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