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Pablo Picasso lived from 1881-1973.  He was born in Spain, and had experience with painting, stage designing, sculpting, and more.  His father was a professor of drawing, and he became his student at the age of 10. He touched on many different styles of art in his time alive, including dabbling in expressionist painting, but is most well-known for a few in particular.  He is well known for, and in fact helped develop the style known as cubism. This style of painting focuses on nearly deconstructing the item of focus in order to see it from multiple sides at the same time. One of his cubist paintings is entitled Ambroise Vollard, and depicts a cubist rendition of the art dealer. This was painted in 1910 and seems to show the man almost sleeping, with eyes closed, and including mostly neutral colors.  This was an example of the analytical cubism, which did tend to include monochromatic color schemes and a focus on the subject, instead of any bright colors.

Synthetic cubism began to introduce collaged items into the paintings, and again, Picasso has several examples of this kind of work in his portfolio. “Guitar, Sheet Music and Glass”, created in 1912, included wallpaper, a corner of sheet music, and an abstract picture of a glass. This particular version of cubism helped set the stage for modern art for ages to come. 

Of course, one can hardly mention Picasso and cubism without mentioning one of his most well-known works, his 1937 “Guernica”. A response to the horrific Nazi bombing of the town with the same name, and the killing of 1600 citizens, this bleak tragedy is depicted in a monochromatic color scheme, in order to suggest the bleakness of this senseless act.

While he had plenty of paintings of darker things, he did also spend time focusing on the lighter side of life.  He did some portraits in a number of different styles, and of course, there are at least a few self-portraits in the mix.

Picasso also had a series of very simple line drawings. Some of these focused on an individual animal. The Owl, The Camel, and The Dog are all examples of this style of his work, and are depicted in a brief line-drawing as the representation, almost just an outline of the particular animal.  Some of the drawings are a little more minimalistic, like those mentioned above, which are just black on white. Some of them become a little more detailed and bring a splash of color, like “Hands With Bouquet”. This picture has, as indicated, a picture of hands clutching a bouquet of bright flowers.  While the hands are black and white, even the stems provide a burst of color, as their depiction is in various shades of green.

Picasso was a very talented artist, and nearly everyone could find something they like from among his work, as he touched on so many different styles. While he had a very productive history, all such things must come to an end, and he died of a heart attack on April 8, 1973.

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