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and avant-garde opinions and abandoned their idea of fame through their son Duane 17 Casagemas had become miserable too after a failed relationship he fell into a deep depression Angry parents and a depressed friend prompted Picasso to move onto Madrid after only one night in Barcelona A true starving artist in Madrid Picasso hardly Pablo Ruiz Picasso was born in October of 1881 in Malaga Spain to Maria Picasso Lopez and Don Jose Ruiz Blasco who worked as a museum curator art teacher and an average painter Duane 10 Pablo was encouraged at a very early age to paint and draw his first oil painting was at the age of nine entitled Picador By 1895 at the age of fourteen Picassos father was offered a job teaching at the La Longa art academy in Barcelona By the age of fifteen Picasso had earned the respect of the most distinguished artists in Barcelona Duane 13 In 1900 Picasso moved to Paris with his friend and fellow painter Carlos Casagemas they settled into a small studio in the Montmartre region of the city a dilapidated area crowded with prostitutes pimps criminals circus performers and general lowlife After only two months in Paris Picasso and Casagemas returned to Barcelona Picassos parents had a difficult time understanding Picassos new Bohemian appearance had enough money to survive and soon learned the disturbing news that Casagemas had shot himself in a Parisian Caf because the woman he loved would not return his affection Picasso once again returned to Paris once a source of inspiration for him was now leaving him feeling lonely isolated and depressed and he again returned to Barcelona By the end of 1901 Picasso had begun a series of painting which would become known as his Blue Period The subjects of the Blue Period were of ordinary people in circumstances of poverty death depression and tragedy Picasso felt that painting in blue and
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