Pablo Picasso: Everything You Can Imagine Is Real

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On October 25 the world celebrates 133 years since the birth of Pablo Picasso – a Spanish painter, ceramicist, sculptor and stage designer, and ultimately a genius, whose fascinating mastery generated a new epoch in the global history of art.

On October 25 the world celebrates 133 years since the birth of Pablo Picasso – a Spanish painter, ceramicist, sculptor and stage designer, and ultimately a genius, whose fascinating mastery generated a new epoch in the global history of art.

© Sputnik / A. CheprunovPablo Picasso was born on October 25, 1881 in the Spanish town of Malaga. The midwife thought he was stillborn and left him on a table. "When he (Picasso’s uncle) saw me lying there he blew smoke into my face. To this I immediately reacted with a grimace and a bellow of fury," the painter recalled.
Above: Valentin (Florian) Antoshchenko-Olenev (1900-1984). Portrait of Pablo Picasso. Linocut.
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Pablo Picasso was born on October 25, 1881 in the Spanish town of Malaga. The midwife thought he was stillborn and left him on a table. "When he (Picasso’s uncle) saw me lying there he blew smoke into my face. To this I immediately reacted with a grimace and a bellow of fury," the painter recalled.
Above: Valentin (Florian) Antoshchenko-Olenev (1900-1984). Portrait of Pablo Picasso. Linocut.
© RIA Novosti . N. Egorov / Go to the photo bankIn 1900 Pablo Picasso was astonished by the works of Impressionists he and another artist Carlos Casagemas saw at world’s fair in Paris. The death of Carlos, Picasso’s close friend, left a mournful imprint on his early work known as the Blue Period. His work at this time is awash with lugubrious scenes of human misery depicted in dark blue and green shades. The pale and elongated bodies of Picasso’s blind men and beggars evoke the style of Renaissance painter El Greco.
Above: "Absinthe Drinker" (1901) is very characteristic of the Blue Period, as it vivifies a woman immersed in melancholic dreams drowsed by absinthe – a fetish of those times.
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In 1900 Pablo Picasso was astonished by the works of Impressionists he and another artist Carlos Casagemas saw at world’s fair in Paris. The death of Carlos, Picasso’s close friend, left a mournful imprint on his early work known as the Blue Period. His work at this time is awash with lugubrious scenes of human misery depicted in dark blue and green shades. The pale and elongated bodies of Picasso’s blind men and beggars evoke the style of Renaissance painter El Greco.
Above: "Absinthe Drinker" (1901) is very characteristic of the Blue Period, as it vivifies a woman immersed in melancholic dreams drowsed by absinthe – a fetish of those times.
© RIA Novosti . Sergei Pyatakov / Go to the photo bankIt took years for Picasso to reconcile his loss. After his grief alleviated, Picasso felt better and embarked upon a new style, now referred to as his Rose Period. The name derived from the lightsome, cheerful and optimistic paintings dominated by golden rose and grey rose colors. Picasso found inspiration in circus performances and focused on painting clowns, acrobats and dancers.
Above: "Girl on the Ball" painted in 1905 is regarded as the transition work from the Blue to the Rose Period.
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It took years for Picasso to reconcile his loss. After his grief alleviated, Picasso felt better and embarked upon a new style, now referred to as his Rose Period. The name derived from the lightsome, cheerful and optimistic paintings dominated by golden rose and grey rose colors. Picasso found inspiration in circus performances and focused on painting clowns, acrobats and dancers.
Above: "Girl on the Ball" painted in 1905 is regarded as the transition work from the Blue to the Rose Period.
© RIA Novosti . A. Sverdlov / Go to the photo bankIn his Cubist works, Picasso extended and broke the volume of objects, sliced them into planes and faces extending into space. He made the perspective projection disappear, limited the palette to monochromes, tried to make his pictures emanate the sense of weight, and encoded secret messages into them. To obtain a touch with reality, Picasso filled his pictures with match boxes, wine bottles, phone numbers, pipes and other elements of everyday life.
Above: "Guitar and Violin", a bright example of analytical Cubism. 1913.
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In his Cubist works, Picasso extended and broke the volume of objects, sliced them into planes and faces extending into space. He made the perspective projection disappear, limited the palette to monochromes, tried to make his pictures emanate the sense of weight, and encoded secret messages into them. To obtain a touch with reality, Picasso filled his pictures with match boxes, wine bottles, phone numbers, pipes and other elements of everyday life.
Above: "Guitar and Violin", a bright example of analytical Cubism. 1913.
© RIA Novosti . A. Solomonov / Go to the photo bankIn 1944 Picasso joined the French Communist party. Five years later he drew "The Dove of Peace" which helped popularize the global symbol. "I stand for life against death; I stand for peace against war," the humanist painter said.
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In 1944 Picasso joined the French Communist party. Five years later he drew "The Dove of Peace" which helped popularize the global symbol. "I stand for life against death; I stand for peace against war," the humanist painter said.
© Flickr / NichoDesign"The Dream" is Picasso’s surrealistic painting created in 1932. He drew his sweetheart Marie-Thérèse Walter. In 2010, collector Steven Cohen wanted to purchase it, but the owner Steven Wynn casually pricked the picture with his elbow, and the deal fell through. But three years later the picture was after all sold for $155 million, still the highest price for a painting ever.
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"The Dream" is Picasso’s surrealistic painting created in 1932. He drew his sweetheart Marie-Thérèse Walter. In 2010, collector Steven Cohen wanted to purchase it, but the owner Steven Wynn casually pricked the picture with his elbow, and the deal fell through. But three years later the picture was after all sold for $155 million, still the highest price for a painting ever.
© Flickr / Christian AubryPicasso is best known for his painted masterpieces; however, his genius nature found reflection in sculpture as well. "The She Goat" (1950) is a life-size bronze statue of a pregnant female goat, which mirrors the master’s rising positive attitude to the world.
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Picasso is best known for his painted masterpieces; however, his genius nature found reflection in sculpture as well. "The She Goat" (1950) is a life-size bronze statue of a pregnant female goat, which mirrors the master’s rising positive attitude to the world.
© Flickr / Beate KnappeHe passed away in 1973 at the age of 91. Reportedly, his last words were "Drink to me. Drink to my health. You know I can't drink any more."
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He passed away in 1973 at the age of 91. Reportedly, his last words were "Drink to me. Drink to my health. You know I can't drink any more."
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