Career Spotlight: 13 Interesting Facts about Pablo Picasso; Founder of Cubism

Interesting facts about Pablo Picasso #4
Interesting facts about Pablo Picasso #1:

Picasssos’ dad was an Art Professor. He gave his son formal artistic training from the age of 7.

At 13, Picasso Jr finished a sketch of a pigeon that his father had done. His father felt his sons’ skills had surpassed that of his own and vowed to give up painting.

Under the supervision of his father, they would argue frequently.

Interesting facts about Pablo Picasso #2:

He was a child prodigy. At the age of 14, he painted ‘Portrait of Aunt Pepa’, a vigorous and dramatic portrait that Juan-Eduardo Cirlot called

“without a doubt one of the greatest in the whole history of Spanish painting”

Interesting facts about Pablo Picasso #2
Portrait of Aunt Pepa
Interesting facts about Pablo Picasso #3:

At 19, Picasso moved to Paris the then art capital of the world. He shared an apartment with his friend Max Jacob.

These were times of extreme poverty, where he burned much of his work to keep their apartment warm.

Interesting facts about Pablo Picasso #4:

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 (1904–1906), and the African-influenced Period (1907–1909).

Interesting facts about Pablo Picasso #5:

Picasso repainted the faces of two figures in Les Demoiselles d’Avignon after being impressed by African artefacts he saw in 1907.

When he displayed the painting to acquaintances the reaction was shock and revulsion; Matisse angrily dismissed the work as a hoax.

Interesting facts about Pablo Picasso #1
‘Les Demoiselles d’Avignon’

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Interesting facts about Pablo Picasso #6:

In 1911, Picasso was arrested and questioned about the theft of the Mona Lisa from the Louvre. His friend Guillaume Apollinaire implicated him.

Afraid of a conviction that could result in his deportation to Spain, Picasso denied having ever met Apollinaire. Both were later cleared of any involvement in the painting’s disappearance.

Interesting facts about Pablo Picasso #7:

Pablo married married Olga Khokhlova, a ballerina who introduced him to high society and exclusive parties of 1920’s Paris. However the two lived in a constant state of conflict.

Picasso had a secret affair with 17-year-old Marie-Thérèse Walter and separated (but never divorced) from Olga. French law required an even division of property in the case of divorce, and Picasso did not want Khokhlova to have half his wealth.

Marie-Thérèse lived in the vain hope that Picasso would one day marry her, and hanged herself four years after Picasso’s death.

Interesting facts about Pablo Picasso #8:

During the war, Picassos’ apartment was often searched by the Nazis.

During one search of his apartment, a German officer saw a photograph of the painting Guernica and asked “Did you do that?” Picasso replied “No, you did”

Interesting facts about Pablo Picasso #3
‘Guernica’
Interesting facts about Pablo Picasso #9:

In his later life, he had affairs with much younger women. Françoise Gilot and Genevieve Laporte were 40 and 44 years younger than him respectively. Gilot was mother to two of his children, Claude and Paloma.

Interesting facts about Pablo Picasso #10:

He married his second wife Jacqueline Rogue in 1961. Jacqueline Roque prevented his children Claude and Paloma from attending the funeral.

Jacqueline also didn’t allow Picasso’s grandson, Claude, to go to the funeral over an argument about Picasso’s estate. Crestfallen, Claude drank a bottle of bleach and it took three months for him to die.

Devastated and lonely after the death of Picasso, Jacqueline Roque killed herself by gunshot in 1986 when she was 59 years old

Interesting facts about Pablo Picasso #11:

Picasso had many mistresses. They had to be submissive, and had to be shorter than he was – he stood at just 5 feet, 4 inches.

Interesting facts about Pablo Picasso #12:

Apparently, Picasso carried a gun with him loaded with blanks and would fire it at people he thought were boring!

Interesting facts about Pablo Picasso #13:

Picasso holds a world record for the most pieces of art created by one person; producing over 13,500 paintings 100,000 prints, 34,000 illustrations, and 300 sculptures.

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