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Pablo Ruiz y Picasso A short biography of a famous painter and sculptor A male born in 1881 died in 1973- Pablo Picasso was one of the most famous painters of the 1900s As the son of a professor of art Picassos talent for drawing was recognized at an early age An advanced student at the Barcelona Academy of Fine Arts from the age of 14 he experimented in his youth with nearly all of the avant-garde styles current at the turn of the century He also became known for his sculpture drawings graphics and ceramics works In some way he was the artist most characteristic of this century because he responded to changing conditions moods challenges so intensely and so rapidly His searching style made him the leader in expressing the complexity of the 1900s For Picasso the meaning of art was to be derived from other works of art and not directly from nature Henri de Toulouse-Lautrecs work had a significant impact on his early paintings as did the work of Paul Cezanne Their influence among others can be detected in the paintings of Picassos blue period 1901-1904 which was stimulated by his exposure to life and thought in Paris where he made his home after 1904 In works such as The Old Guitarist 1903 Art Institute Chicago he created evocative portrayals of blind impoverished or despairing people in a blue palette His use of blue as a motif was apparently derived from the symbolic importance of that color in the contemporary romantic writings of Maurice Maeterlinck and Oscar Wilde whose work often derived its force from depictions of madness or illness Although his palette and subject matter changed when he entered 1904 what
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