Pablo Picasso

1881 - 1973
Painter, sculptor, draftsman, decorative artist, printmaker
Origin: Spain
Born: October 25, 1881, Malaga, Spain
Died: April 8, 1973, Mougins, France

As is the case with many successful artists, Pablo Picasso received his earliest education and encouragement in art from his parents. Picasso's father, Jose Ruiz Blasco, was a drawing instructor at the Escuela Provincial de Bellas Artes in his native Malaga and a bird painter. Blasco began teaching his son around 1888, when the boy was still very young, leading him to draw and paint his own personal favorite subjects, such as bullfights. Picasso showed great promise and enthusiasm for art, and he enrolled in his father's drawing classes at about age eleven, in 1892, at the Escuela de Bellas Artes in the family's new town, La Corua. By 1895, Picasso was painting "from nature," producing a series of fifteen oil portraits of people he knew and saw about town. In that same year, Picasso's father moved his family again, this time to Barcelona, so that he could teach at the Escuela de Bellas Artes there. Before he reached his fifteenth birthday, Picasso was admitted to an upper level class in classical art and still life at the academy, but attended infrequently. At about this time, Picasso began to show his need to be an independent artist.

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Le Cheval (The Horse) - illustration for Buffon's Natural History
1942, Etching
Pablo Picasso
Spain, 1881 - 1973