Happy Birthday, Pablo Picasso!

Les Demoiselles d'Avignon, 1907

By Marcia Lee
Library Serials Specialist

Today marks the 130th birthday of Pablo Picasso. To celebrate, here are 10 facts you don’t may not know about Picasso:

  1. His full name was Pablo Diego José Francisco de Paula Juan Nepomuceno María de los Remedios Cipriano de la Santísima Trinidad Ruiz y Picasso.
  2. After moving to Paris in 1900, Picasso was so poverty stricken that he burned many of his paintings just to keep himself warm.
  3. . In 1905, Picasso’s work began to pick up when Gertrude Stein exhibited his work in her apartment and it was there that he met Henri Matisse – who eventually became his friend & competitor.
  4. Picasso’s first art exhibit was at age 13, in the back of an umbrella store.
  5. Picasso made a cameo appearance in the movie Testament of Orpheus by Jean Cocteau.
  6. In 1944, Picasso joined the French Communist party & went on to receive the Lenin Peace Prize.
  7. Picasso’s varied influences motivated his different periods: blue, rose, African-influenced, Cubism, Surrealism and Classicism.
  8. Picasso died on April 8th 1973, at the age of 91, in his home in France while entertaining guests at dinner.
  9. Although Picasso’s paintings are probably the most widely known pieces of his, Pablo also dabbled in printmaking, sculpting, & ceramics.
  10. Picasso was a ladies man! He was married twice, had 4 children with 3 different women, & countless mistresses during his lifetime.

The library has tons of other resources on Picasso, Matisse and their contemporaries in the Cubist, Surrealist and Modernism art movements.

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