His Death

10. Picasso died at the age of 91 on April 8, 1973, after suffering from lung congestion. A bronze sculpture was placed on his grave from an engraving he had made 50 years earlier called “La femme au vase” (“Woman with Vase”).

9. According to Guinness World Records, Picasso is one of the world’s most prolific painters. During his 78-year career, he created over 13,500 paintings or designs, 100,000 prints or engravings, 34,000 book illustrations, and 300 sculptures or ceramics—totaling over 147,800 works of art.

8. When Picasso died, he had no will, so his death duties (estate tax) to the French state were paid in the form of his paintings.

7. When Picasso’s grandson Claude was not allowed to attend his grandfather’s funeral by Picasso’s second wife, Jacqueline, he drank a bottle of bleach. It took three months for him to die.

6. Picasso was buried by a chateau he bought in 1958 in the south of France. He bought the estate because it was on the slopes of Mont Sainte-Victoire, a favorite place of Cézanne, an impressionist artist and his teacher. After purchasing the property, Picasso declared, “I have just bought myself Cézanne’s mountains.”

5. After Picasso died in 1973, he left behind a dysfunctional family of four children, eight grandchildren, two wives, and many mistresses.

4. Movies or plays about Picasso include Surviving Picasso (1996) and Picasso at the Lapin Agile (1993). His granddaughter, Marina Picasso, also wrote Picasso: My Grandfather (2001). In it she said that Picasso drove anyone who got near him “to despair and engulfed them.”

3. By the time Picasso died, he was the richest artist in history.

2. Picasso’s 1955 painting “Women of Algiers” was sold on May 11, 2015, for $179.3 million, making it the most expensive painting ever sold.

1. Picasso’s last words were “Drink to me, drink to my health. You know I can’t drink anymore.”


Join us February 18th for the Pablo Picasso: The Diary of a Master Exhibition Opening Reception to get the first look at the exhibition and to learn more about Picasso. Tickets are available for purchase here. The exhibition will be open to the general public from Feb 20th – May 5th, 2017.

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