His Personal Life

40. Picasso’s 1907 “Les Demoiselles d’Avignon” (“The Young Ladies of Avignon”), an abstract portrait of five prostitutes, is considered one of his most revolutionary pieces. His use of Primitivism and deconstructed perspective radically departed from traditional European painting. Originally titled “The Brothel of Avignon,” the painting led the way to Cubism. It is most likely the single most analyzed piece of art in the 20th century, but wasn’t exhibited until 1916. Picasso’s friends believed the piece to be too controversial to display.

39. Picasso was known for his womanizing. Historians estimate that he had hundreds of lovers. Here’s a short list of known wives and lovers of Picasso;

– Fernande Olivier (Picasso’s first love, she was 18; he was 23)

– Marcelle Humbert AKA Eva Gouel (she was 27, Picasso was 31)

– Gaby Lespinasse (he was 34, I don’t know how old Gaby was, but she was young, that’s for sure!)

– Olga Khokhlova (Picasso’s first wife; she was 26 and he was 36 when they met)

– Marie-Thérèse Walter (she was 17, he was 46)

– Dora Maar (she was 29, Picasso was 55)

– Françoise Gilot (she was 21 when she met Picasso, who was 61)

– Geneviève Laporte (one of Picasso’s last lovers. She was in her mid-twenties and a French model of Picasso, who was in his seventies when the affair                          started)

– Jacqueline Roque (who became Picasso’s second wife. She was 27 and he was 79)

38. According to one historian, Picasso preferred to paint women more than men because he associated sex with art: the procreative act with the creative act. Most of his portraits of men are self-portraits. This is a painting of Dora Maar, one of his lovers. Marr suffered a complete mental collapse after Picasso left her. She famously declared, “After Picasso, only God.”

37. Picasso required his mistresses to meet at least two requirements: she had to be submissive, and she had to be shorter than him (Picasso was just 5 feet, 4 inches tall). One of his mistresses once told him, “You may be an extraordinary artist, but morally speaking you are worthless.”

36. Picasso’s first wife was Olga Khokhlova, a Russian ballerina. Their marriage was a tumultuous one, and even after they separated, Picasso refused to divorce her so she wouldn’t receive half of his wealth. She died in 1955 of cancer.

35. In 1927, Picasso met Marie-Thérèse Walter, a 17-year-old French girl whom Picasso lived with in a flat across the street from his wife, Olga. She inspired many of his famous Vollard Suite etchings.

34. Picasso married his second wife, Jacqueline Roque (1927-1986), in 1961 when he was 79 years old. He created more works of art based on her than on any of his other lovers. In one year, he painted 70 portraits of her. Jacqueline shot herself in 1986.

33. Of the six most important women in Picasso’s life, two killed themselves and two went mad.

32. Picasso claimed that Gertrude Stein was his only woman friend. Her friendship and patronage significantly influenced him.

31. “There are only two types of women: goddesses and doormats.” –Pablo Picasso


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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