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Pablo R Picasso is generally considered in his technical virtuosity enormous versatility and incredible originality and prolifically to have been the foremost figure in 20th-century art Pablo Picasso delivered at 1115 PM in Malaga a city in southern Spain on October 25 1881 He almost died at birth If it had not been for the presence of his uncle Dr Salvador Ruiz the infant might never have came to life He could not draw a breath so his uncle blew cigar smoke into his face It would be his first triumph over death Picasso was the son of Jose Ruiz Blasco an art teacher and Maria Picasso y LopezPicasso was a genius at a very early age Academically Picasso was an incredibly meager student and did not excel in math He would draw in class rather than work his attention span was very short It was thought later that he had dyslexia In 1895 a professor at the School of Fine Arts in Barcelona offered to trade positions with his father so the family moved to La Coruna Soon after the family settled down his father decided it was time that Pablo undertook the formal study of art As a faculty member his father pulled some strings He convinced the school officials to allow his son to take the examination for admission into the advanced classes which were meant for students far more sophisticated then Pablo The exam required two charcoal drawings of living models His uncle Salvador paid models to pose for him so that he could paint realistically He completed his drawings within a weeks time a quarter of the time most students took An awed jury admitted the young candidate to the school immediately He won a gold medal for his unbelievably realistic painting of a doctor a nun and a child at a sick womans bed entitled Science and Charity In 1897 Picasso passed the entrance exam at the Royal
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