121 years ago, on June 24, 1901, the first exhibition of the 19-year-old Spanish artist Pablo Picasso, who was never called a genius or a complete madman, took place in a small Parisian gallery. The exhibition was organized by art dealer Ambroise Vollard, who also worked with artists Paul Gauguin and Henri Matisse.
Before the exhibition, Picasso was so worried that he could not stop working until the end and eventually presented to the audience and critics more than 75 works on various topics. Critics praised the paintings of the young Picasso, and he was able to get into the ranks of the most promising artists. In honor of this event, which marked the beginning of the creative career of one of the most expensive painters in the world, whose paintings cost millions of dollars, we decided to tell you about the most striking facts from the life of Pablo Picasso.
Not just painting
In addition to painting, Picasso did a lot of ceramics. But, alas, until 1980, his works in this art form were not popular and were even perceived as a decline in his work. In the 80’s, the artist’s ceramics still gained recognition and became considered an important part of his art. Picasso was also interested in sculpture, design and scenography (decoration for performances).
A vase made by Picasso.
Few people know that Pablo Picasso’s work was greatly influenced by African art: ceremonial masks, sculptures, totem carvings and so on. This is especially noticeable in the painting “Avignon Beauties”, which was of great importance for the development of Cubism. The faces of the two girls on the right (in the upper and lower corners) look like altered ritual masks of one of the tribes of Côte d’Ivoire and the Pende people.
Painting “Avignon beauties”.
One of the most amusing and in some ways even cute works of the artist is the painting “Don Quixote”, which at first glance seems to be a drawing of a first-grader. Picasso created this painting in 1955 in honor of the 350th anniversary of the publication of the novel about Don Quixote, and it is very different from previous works of the painter. The painting depicts Don Quixote, his horse Rosinant, the sniper Sancho Panza, the donkey Sancho-Dople, the sun and several windmills. Despite the fact that the heroes have no faces, and their figures are completely motionless, it seems that they communicate and at the same time suffer from heat.
Olga Khokhlova and Picasso’s friends
Pablo Picasso’s close friends could not tolerate his first wife Olga Khokhlova and did not hide their relationship at all. They thought that this woman was too meticulous and wasteful, which negatively affected the artist. Married to Olga Picasso, he began to attach great importance to appearance, hired a personal tailor and servant, moved to expensive apartments and even had several purebred dogs. Oh, these women turn bohemian artists into exquisite dandy. A nightmare.
Good boy Lump
Like many people, Picasso did not spare his pet – a taxi named Lump, who was brought to his house by photojournalist David Douglas Duncan. Pablo adored this restless dog and even painted a portrait of him on a plate. The artist allowed Lump to sleep in his bed and eat from his plate, constantly took him in his arms and let him into his studio during work. Unfortunately, Picasso was not ready to mess with the dog when his hind legs were removed, and simply gave it to the vet, who left it to die. In the end, David Duncan took the dog from a negligent doctor, cured it in the best clinic and left it to himself.
Portrait of a lump on a plate.
The most kidnapped artist
Thousands of works of art are stolen around the world every year, and the most stolen are paintings by Pablo Picasso. In all, 1,147 Picasso’s works have been stolen, and many of them have never been found. The most expensive of all was the painting “Pigeon with green peas”, painted in 1911. She was taken from the Museum of Contemporary Art in Paris on the night of Thursday, May 20, 2010.
Painting “Pigeon with green peas”.
Creativity of children
Picasso had great respect for children’s creativity and believed that all children are naturally talented artists, just over time, their vision of the world changes, and the talent fades. Therefore, despite the fact that Pablo painted his first painting at the age of eight and became an incredibly gifted painter in his youth, he said that it took him a lifetime to learn to draw just like children.