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Pablo Picasso is easily one of the most prominent and influential painters of the Modern Art movement. Alongside French painter Georges Braque, he founded and cultivated the Cubist style, a formal abstraction that has since inspired generations of contemporary artists to follow suit. And while his work continues to be the highlight of many a museum, his life was perhaps just as profound. In fact, here are five facts you might not have known about Pablo Picasso: 1. As is the tradition in many Spanish families, full names are actually quite longer, and Pablo's is comprised of 23 words. Named after a variety of saints and relatives, he was born as Pablo Diego José Francisco de Paula Juan Nepomuceno María de los Remedios Cipriano de la Santísima Trinidad Martyr Patricio Clito Ruíz y Picasso. Try saying that three times fast. 2. Pablo Picasso was one of the first suspects when the Mona Lisa was stolen from the Louvre in 1911. When poet Guillaume Apollinaire was brought in for questioning, he blamed Picasso as an accomplice. Eventually, and after being investigated thoroughly himself, Picasso was released, and two years later, the painting was found. 3. Apparently, such a scandal didn't make too much of a dent in the relationship between Pablo and the Louvre. In fact, upon a career retrospective celebrating his 90th birthday, he became the first living artist to have his work shown at the museum. 4. In school, Picasso was creatively precocious, often being leagues ahead of his classmates when it came to painting - and many of these classmates were at least six years older than him! But despite his skills, he was still a terrible student, his unwillingness to be told what to do landing him in detention countless times. 5. During his long career, Picasso also dabbled in poetry and playwriting. Between 1935 - 1959, he wrote over 300 poems, and many art historians believe that the inspiration grew from his tumultuous marriage to Olga Khokhlova. He even tried to predict that after his death, he would be remembered for his poems much more than his paintings.
I totally believe that Picasso was way ahead of his time. His work in legible cubism had such an enormous impact on abstract expressionism. I had no idea that he was the first living artist to have work in the Louvre though, very interesting!
all those names...That's why his friends called buddy ;)
@danidee I almost failed 6th grade art class bc I couldnt draw a chair... Maybe it was because I was dreaming too much in class lol
I spent the majority of my school days in detention as well... does this mean I have a chance to follow in his footsteps? I am already 20% there and Im only in my 20s so....
@dillonk There really is a LOT to be said about Picasso. He lived a very long and very crazy life. With lots of women. So many women.
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