Pablo Picasso– you’ve heard of him, you’ve studied him, and you’ve envied him.  On April 8, 1973, Picasso died as one of the most famous artists of the 20th century and for that we celebrate him. After producing over tens of thousands of pieces of art, we have become pretty familiar with his artworks; however, do we really know the man? Below, learn five facts about the artist of past centuries.

1. He was Considered a Child Prodigy

For Pablo Picasso art came natural to him. Supposedly, he could walk before he could talk. He quickly superseded his father, who was a teacher of the arts.  And by the age of 13, he could practically have been teaching the classes his father was teaching, so for that reason, his father handed over his brushes and threw in the towel.  Shortly after, he started the enrollment process to attend an art school in Barcelona.  The examination process, which normally took a month to complete,   Picasso completed in one day. “It took me four years to paint like Raphael, but a lifetime to paint like a child.”

2. He was Constantly Changing his Painting Style

From landscapes to realistic portrait painting, Picasso endured a time in his life where blues and pinks filled his canvas and poverty stricken children and circus scenes became the subjects of his artwork. He then entered the cubism movement, first starting with geometric shapes and then making his way to the invention of collages, added to his artworks by attaching oil cloth, newspaper clippers, and excess materials to his paintings.  Later on in his life he practiced forms of Neoclassicism, Surrealism, Expressionism, Post-Impressionism, and Symbolism, knocking each out of the ball park.

3. He Helped with the Creation of Cubism

When you put the minds of two creative artists together, you get a masterpiece. When you put the minds of two creative geniuses together, you get an art movement. So Cubism was created in 1909 by the collaborating of Georges Braque and Pablo Picasso.  Influenced by subjects such as African masks and Post-Impressionism, cubism became a new abstract style that played with geometric forms.

4. Picasso was not just a painter

Experimenting with different mediums; Picasso became an expert in more than just painting. He was a sculptor, a ceramic shaper, a drawer, and a print maker.  What is most astonishing however, is that the well rounded artist even made room to practice his costume and curtain making abilities, and made sets for numerous ballets, the earliest being “Parade,” featuring a dancer who would later become his wife.

5. More Picasso Paintings have been stolen than those of any other artist

The tallies are in and as of last year Picasso has had…drum roll please… 1,147 works listed as stolen, missing, or disputed. That’s more than twice as many as any other artist.

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