Pablo Picasso




Picasso was born on October 25, 1881 in Malaga, Spain into a working class family. Categorized as a relatively less than average student academically, Picasso showed an immense talent for drawing from a young age. In 1899 Picasso fell into a crowd called “The Four Cats.” These individuals were inspired by anarchy and radicalism and gave Picasso the push to transition away from the classical methods he had grown up with. Picasso is often defined by his “periods;” first, the “Blue Period,” was associated with depression and loneliness while the subsequent “Rose Period” by love and hope. In 1907, Picasso began to create the precursor to Cubism, a style which he would eventual pioneer. The basis of Picasso’s Cubism was his decomposition of recognizable objects into fractured collage-like images. From 1927 onward, Picasso predominantly worked in Surrealism while his work became equally politicized. In his later years Picasso continued to create an impressive amount of art, superstitiously believing that continued work would keep him alive.