Picasso: The early years
|Portrait of the Artist's Mother Barcelona, 1896. Pastel on paper, 49.8 x 39 cm. |
Signed and below left: P.Ruiz Picasso/96
|Female nude from back - Pablo Picasso 1895|
Pablo Picasso is one of the greatest artists ever. He was a painter, a sculpture and so much more! He was one of the most productive artists and he made art in many different styles and techniques. That might be why you might not recognize this as work by Picasso, but it is. He started very young. His amazing talent became obvious very early. He started with paintings in the styles of those days: realism and impressionism. And quickly moved on to the new movements that were developing back then.
About the early years (wikipedia)
|Pablo Picasso - The old fisherman 1895|
The house where Picasso was born, in Málaga
Picasso showed a passion and a skill for drawing from an early age. According to his mother, his first words were "piz, piz", a shortening of lápiz, the Spanish word for "pencil". From the age of seven, Picasso received formal artistic training from his father in figure drawing and oil painting. Ruiz was a traditional, academic artist and instructor who believed that proper training required disciplined copying of the masters, and drawing the human body from plaster casts and live models. His son became preoccupied with art to the detriment of his classwork.
|Pablo Picasso - Portrait of artists' Father, 1896|
In 1895, Picasso was traumatized when his seven-year-old sister, Conchita, died of diphtheria. After her death, the family moved to Barcelona, where Ruiz took a position at its School of Fine Arts. Picasso thrived in the city, regarding it in times of sadness or nostalgia as his true home. Ruiz persuaded the officials at the academy to allow his son to take an entrance exam for the advanced class. This process often took students a month, but Picasso completed it in a week, and the impressed jury admitted him, at just 13. The student lacked discipline but made friendships that would affect him in later life. His father rented him a small room close to home so he could work alone, yet he checked up on him numerous times a day, judging his drawings. The two argued frequently.
|Picasso - Self-portr|
Picasso’s father and uncle decided to send the young artist to Madrid’s Royal Academy of San Fernando, the country's foremost art school. At age 16, Picasso set off for the first time on his own, but he disliked formal instruction and quit attending classes soon after enrollment. Madrid, however, held many other attractions. The Prado housed paintings by Diego Velázquez, Francisco Goya, and Francisco Zurbarán. Picasso especially admired the works of El Greco; elements like the elongated limbs, arresting colors, and mystical visages are echoed in his later work.
|Picasso's Carmen Charcoal and pastel on cardboard 49.8 x 39 cm. |
Pablo Picasso Madrid September-
|Pablo Picasso - Science and Charity, 1897|
|Picasso - Portrait of Josep Cardona 1899|
|Pablo Picasso - A spanish couple in front of inn 1900|
|Pablo Picasso - Moulin de la Galette 1900|