Pablo Picasso Prints, Posters, Paintings, Quotes & Biography
Pablo Picasso was a Spanish painter, abstract cubist artist and one of the most famous artists of all time. Picasso paintings include the likes of Guernica, Weeping Woman, Femme aux Bras & La Vie. is best known for co-founding the Cubist movement 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 Guernica (1937), his portrayal of the German bombing of Guernica during the Spanish Civil War.
Picasso’s revolutionary artistic accomplishments brought him universal renown and immense fortunes throughout his life, making him the best-known figure in twentieth century art. His fame has continued after his death, firmly establishing his status as one of the greatest artists in Western history.
Pablo Picasso’s Les Demoiselles d’Avignon – courtesy of Wikipedia.
Picasso’s work is often categorized into periods. While the names of many of his later periods are debated, the most commonly accepted periods in his work 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).
In 1939–40 the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, under its director Alfred Barr, a Picasso enthusiast, held a major and highly successful retrospective of his principal works up until that time. This exhibition lionized the artist, brought into full public view in America the scope of his artistry, and resulted in a reinterpretation of his work by contemporary art historians and scholars.
Analytic cubism (1909–1912) is a style of painting Picasso developed along with Georges Braque using monochrome brownish and neutral colors. Both artists took apart objects and “analyzed” them in terms of their shapes. Picasso and Braque’s paintings at this time have many similarities. Synthetic cubism (1912–1919) was a further development of the genre, in which cut paper fragments—often wallpaper or portions of newspaper pages—were pasted into compositions, marking the first use of collage in fine art.
From 1901 to 1904 Picasso’s work was dominated by the use of blue and green shades of colour. The Old Guitarist is the most famous painting from this period. There is a low-key feel to many of the artworks born out of this colour composition and the artist struggled to sell them commercially at that time.
There is perhaps a similarity with the early career of Vincent van Gogh who produced dark, honest work with the likes of Potato Eaters before finding greater interest in his brighter work later on. Picasso may not have gone down the same post-impressionist route as Vincent, but he certainly diverged from his Blue Period to draw in many new styles and techniques.
Immediately after the blue, came the rose. Picasso now produced work along happier themes, with brighter colours to represent this change in mood. Red, oranges and pinks were used for hotter paintings and depressing elements of society made way for harlequins, jesters and the like. This brighter approach is more atuned with the direction of modern art of the 20th century and so it’s influence is easier to find than Picasso’s Blue period would be.
The approach developed by Picasso during this period drew on his own ideas and inspirations, rather than attempting to purely reproduce from the eye. This development was crucial in his movement towards the African styles that followed, as well as Cubism which developed soon afterwards.
Cubism was an art movement dominated by 20th century artists such as Picasso, Georges Braque, Robert Delaunay, Henri Le Fauconnier, Fernand Léger and Juan Gris. The work here for Picasso was a culmination of influences from his previous spells of Blue, Rose and African art. Cubism itself went far beyond Picasso’s own career and was a highly significant movement, with impacts felt in other mediums such as music, literature and architecture.
The importance of Cubism is underlined by the arrival soon after of significant art movements which were inspired by the key Cubist painters. Orphism, Abstract art, Purism, Futurism, Suprematism, Dada and Constructivism are all known to have found strong influnces from the Cubist artists of Picasso’s era.
Pablo Picasso Sculptures
Sculpture is an art medium in which Picasso excelled, but remains far less famous for than the likes of painting and drawing. Pablo was never entirely trained in this medium, which gave his work here the advantage of being entirely personal and even more experimental than his bold painting styles.
An interesting aspect of his connection to some of his sculptures, would be how Picasso would keep his favourite pieces dotted around his house. His sculptures were personal to him, and not something he commonly offered up for sale. It took quite some time before the art community was even aware of his qualities and passion for this art medium, when finally some exhibitions honed in entirely on this element of his career.
Picasso sculptures was also an exhibition held at MoMa.
Pablo Picasso Drawings
Behind every skilled painter is a skilled draughtsman. The basis of their famous paintings would always be accurate sketches to various levels of fidelity. Picasso showed off his drawing skills best with some drawings that never went beyond their basic inception. This was an artist who saw beauty in his basic strokes of the pencil, rather than wondering whether he should continue to progress the work into a full-scale painting.
Picasso produced some extraordinarily minimalist portrait sketches which have become amongst his most popular within mainstream art circles. The simplicity seems to draw in modern art fans and more traditional art followers alike.
Pablo Picasso Ceramics
Ceramics were an art medium that arrived relatively late in the career of Picasso. In a similar way to his sculptures, he is much more famous for other mediums than this. Despite that, he was profilic with ceramics in later years and produced several items which should be considered amongst his career highlights.
Pablo had an agreement with contacts that he met at a pottery exhibition in Vallauris. They would let him use their workshop to experiment with his innovative ceramic designs, and in return they would help him to sell them on. At times the artist would see this medium as a relaxing retreat from painting, which he found physically draining.
Pablo Picasso Quotes
I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it.
All children are artists. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.
My mother said to me, ‘If you are a soldier, you will become a general. If you are a monk, you will become the Pope.’ Instead, I was a painter, and became Picasso.
Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone.
Every positive value has its price in negative terms… the genius of Einstein leads to Hiroshima.
It took me four years to paint like Raphael, but a lifetime to paint like a child.
You have to have an idea of what you are going to do, but it should be a vague idea.
List of Famous Pablo Picasso Paintings
We have collated a list below of some of the most popular paintings from Picasso’s career. This prolific artist, however, has many more artworks to check out and this is purely a starting point towards understanding his career.
- Mediterranean Landscape
- Les Demoiselles d’Avignon
- Three Musicians
- Blue Nude
- The Penguin
- Old Guitarist
- Weeping Woman
- Dora Maar au Chat
- Femme aux Bras Croises
- Girl Before a Mirror
- Nude, Green Leaves and Bust
- Seated Woman
- Don Quixote
- Garcon a la Pipe
- Head of a Woman
- Le Reve
- Portrait of Ambroise Vollard
- Family of Saltimbanques
- The Accordionist
- Maya with Doll
- Massacre in Korea
- Les Noces de Pierrette
- Boy Leading a Horse
- Woman in Hat and Fur Collar
- Portrait of Angel Fernandez de Soto
- La Vie
- Chicago Picasso (sculpture)
- Jeune Fille Endormie
- La Lecture
- The Charnel House
- Le Pigeon aux Petits Pois
- Ma Jolie
- Reading the Letter
- Nude in a Black Armchair
- Portrait of Suzanne Bloch
- Baboon and Young (sculpture)
- Fruit Dish
- The Reservoir, Horta de Ebro
- Bather with Beach Ball
- Girl with a Mandolin
- Head of a Woman Fernande (sculpture)
- Three Women at the Spring
- Mother and Child
- Two Nudes
- The Blue Room
- Studio with Plaster Head
- Portrait of Sylvette David