Pablo Picasso is a name that even most non-art-lovers will be familiar with. Responsible for some of the most important and complex artworks of the 20th century, Picasso’s life was one which was just as fascinating as the works he put to canvas. He was a founder of the cubism movement, and up to the age of 91, he created art and work which transcended many styles and genres.
But how much do you really know about Picasso and his work? Here are 12 interesting facts about Pablo Picasso to help test your knowledge.
Picasso was destined to be creative. His first word as a child was, reportedly, ‘lapiz’ – the Spanish for ‘pencil’.
Picasso often found himself isolated at school thanks to his rebellions against authority. However, he relished time alone. “I liked it there [in isolation], because I took along a sketch pad and drew incessantly,” he remarked.
In fact, Picasso was moved ahead in art lessons at school to the point where he was studying alongside children who were six years older than him.
Picasso had one of the longest names not just of any artist, but of anyone known to have lived! With a whopping 23 words in his name, his official moniker was Pablo Diego José Francisco de Paula Juan Nepomuceno María de los Remedios Cipriano de la Santísima Trinidad Martyr Patricio Clito Ruíz y Picasso.
Picasso was once a suspect in the theft of the Mona Lisa from the Louvre in Paris! However, he was released without charge.
Picasso first started exhibiting his artwork from the age of 13, where he would take to an umbrella shop and show his works behind the wares.
It’s thought that Picasso produced over 147,000 unique pieces of artwork during his lifetime. The majority of these include paintings and prints, however, he was also a prolific sculptor and a master in ceramics.
Picasso’s own father was an artist with many creations to his name. Ruiz Picasso in fact gave up art after he saw his son Pablo finishing his sketch of a pigeon to incredible detail. He had decided that his own son had surpassed him in terms of talent! However, history shows that Ruiz would continue to produce artwork sporadically later in life.
It’s thought that more artwork by Picasso is stolen than any other artist. It’s assumed that there are still over 1,000 Picasso paintings and works out in the world which are considered missing.
Picasso was known for wearing a Breton shirt, a striped, French fashion staple which have been popular for over 100 years.
Picasso is still thought to hold the record for the most expensive painting ever having been sold at auction. Christie’s, in New York, US, saw ‘Women of Algiers (Version ‘O’)’ sell for $179.4 million in 2015. Who knows how much his missing works are worth? Better check your attic!
Picasso even dabbled in the written word – he wrote two plays and over 300 different poems!
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