Pablo Picasso was encouraged by his father, an art teacher, to follow him into the art scene and at a very early age it was clear that Pablo’s natural talent would take him further than his father. He joined the Barcelona School of Fine Arts at the age of 14 and his father sacrificed his own art in order to help Pablo Picasso progress as quickly in his career and training as possible.
Pablo Picasso prints are now amongst the most popular of any reproductions in the world thanks to the qualities of the artist as well as the great publicity which surrounds his exceptional career. The most frequent choices for art reproductions are small framed prints for his simple illustrations or larger giclee prints for his most colourful cubist oil paintings, and stretched canvases are also commonly sought after too.
The achievement of Picasso is shown by the huge number of print reproductions which are made every year from his original paintings, with framed art prints being the most popular choice.
Picasso spent the years of 1900 to 1906 in what is referred to as the Blue and Rose Period. The Blue period involved the use of blue in most of Picasso’s works to represent a negativity and sadness of his paintings and those within them. Art experts, even those who rejected his later innovative style, respected his blue period. The rose period signaled a choice of brighter pink tones over the previous blues.
Pablo Picasso moved to Paris permanently in 1904. Being the world’s capital of arts, Paris helped introduce Picasso to other famous artists such as Henri Matisse, Joan Miro and George Braques. Henri Matisse in particular became a great friend to Picasso and they stayed close friends.
Picasso’s new direction led to the creation of the Cubist movement, in conjunction with other famous artists George Braque and Juan Gris. Cubism is based on construction through geometrical shapes. In later years, Synthetic Cubism was developed, incorporating various views of an object together.
Picasso’s art was enveloped by a symbolic style as shown in his works “Guernica”, “Dying horse” and “Weeping woman”. Guernica represented the Spanish Civil War air-attack in suitable barbarity and was shown at the Paris World’s Fair in 1937.
Guernica took pride of place in New York’s museum of modern art up to 1981. It stayed away from Spain whilst Picasso rejected General Franco’s fascist rule of Spain. After this it was taken to the Prado Museum and then the Queen Sofia Center of Art, both in Madrid, Spain.