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Pablo Picasso
Discusses the life and works of this famous 20th century artist.
# 61749 | 1,064 words | 3 sources | MLA | 2005 | US
Published on Oct 23, 2005 in Art (Artists) , Art (History) , Art (Painting)


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Pablo Picasso is noted by the majority of critics as the most important influence on twentieth century art. By the time of his death in 1973, he had created some 22,000 works of art in mediums that included sculpture, ceramics, mosaics, state design and graphic arts. This paper traces the life of Picasso, from his birth in Spain in 1881 through his brilliant art career and his numerous art 'periods'. The paper examines Picasso's influence on art, including cubism and abstract art and looks at several of his important pieces, including "Les Demoiselles d'Avignon" and "Guernica."

From the Paper:

"Most critics agree that Picasso's greatest work came from the thirty years between his 1907 "Les Demoiselles d'Avignon" and his 1937 "Guemica," however, he worked consistently through the war years and through the 1950's and frequently produced work during the 1960's and 1970's, producing powerful paintings and prints (Hughes pp). Often his work "would be folded into series of variations on the old masters and nineteenth century painters he needed to measure himself against, such as Velazquez and Goya, or Poussin, Delacroix, Manet and Courbet" (Hughes pp). Especially during his last years, his work possessed a manic and obsessive quality, as if he believed that this might delay his own mortality (Hughes pp)."

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