Pablo Picasso said “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 become Picasso.”
Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) Spanish painter, sculptor & print-maker, he lived most of his life in France. He was a co-founder of Cubism. Picasso’s style changed several times over the years as he experimented with different theories, techniques and ideas. His revolutionary artistic accomplishments brought him universal renown and recognition as one of the most influential artists of the 20th century. Pablo Picasso produced over 2400 original prints throughout his career.
Pablo Picasso’s work is often categorized into periods; Blue Period (1901–1904), the Rose Period (1904–1906), the African-influenced Period (1907–1909), Analytic Cubism (1909–1912), and Synthetic Cubism (1912–1919). Much of Picasso’s work of the late 1910s and early 1920s is in a neoclassical style, and his work in the mid-1920s often has characteristics of Surrealism. His later work often combines elements of his earlier styles.
Picasso’s High record Auction
Several paintings by Pablo Picasso rank among the most expensive paintings in the world:
Garçon à la pipe sold for US$104 million at Sotheby‘s on 4 May 2004. Dora Maar au Chat sold for US$95.2 million at Sotheby’s on 3 May 2006. Nude, Green Leaves and Bust was sold at Christie‘s for $106.5 million on 4 May 2010.
The last and not the least Women of Algiers by Picasso set the record for the highest price ever paid for a painting when it sold for US$179.3 million at Christie’s in New York on 11 May 2015.
Pablo Picasso died on 8 April 1973 in Mougins, France from pulmonary edema and heart failure.
In conclusion Picasso achieved universal renowned and immense fortune for his revolutionary artistic accomplishments, and became one of the best-known figures in 20th-century art.