7 Interesting Facts About Pablo Picasso

January 28th, 2012 No Comments   Posted in pablo picasso

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1. Pablo Picasso‘s Full Name is Extremely Long

Pablo Diego Jose Francisco de Paula Juan Nepomuseno Maria de los remedies Ciprano de la Santasima Trinidad Martyr Patricio Clito Ruiz y Picasso! That was quite a mouthful! Pablo Picasso‘s name is one of the longest ever recorded for an artist or any person for that matter. His name is a combination of respect for Spanish and Christian sainthood and family heritage. There are a few names of important saints and beloved relatives, his mother and father’s names, and the rest are a combination of ideas and personal characteristics, in which the Spanish believed are best included in a birth name. Inevitably, a rose by any other name is still a rose, and Pablo Picasso and his long name illustrated that saying, in the grandest of fashions.

2. Baby Pablo Almost Stillborn

When baby Pablo was born, the midwife actually thought that he was stillborn and left the newborn genius on a pediatrician table and was not given another thought! The midwife went to Pablo‘s mother to inform her of the sad news, and a miracle occurred during this time. Pablo‘s uncle was also the attending physician who delivered the baby! Dr. Don Salvador is credited with saving the life of newborn Pablo.

3. Little Picasso‘s First Spoken Word ‘Pencil’

Picasso‘s early childhood developmental years were filled with education and wonder! His very first spoken-word was ‘piz’ or ‘pencil’, in English. If this was not a clue to the future-occupation and career-path of young Picasso, then nothing short of having a label on his back that said ‘artist-to-be’ would have been any clearer!

4. Pablo‘s Very First Oil Based Drawing

‘Le Picador’, was created in 1890, by Pablo Picasso, at the tender age of nine. The first work by Picasso depicted a man riding a horse in the blood-sport that is bull fighting. This form of spectator-event is still widely-popular in many parts of Spain.

5. Pablo Picasso‘s ‘First Communion’ First Academic Painting

Although Pablo‘s first foray into artistic endeavors was ‘Le Picador’ at nine in 1890, his very first academic all painting was not painted until six years later. The work, ‘First Communion’, is a portrait of his mother, father, and youngest sister, all kneeling before an altar in a church setting. Pablo Picasso was only 15 when he created this masterpiece, and this work is considered one of his most-treasured of all!

6. Pablo Picasso and His Academic Career

There is little argument that Pablo Picasso was a brilliant man, yet his academic career record does not reflect this fact. Pablo had little trouble passing the entrance exams of every artistic institution of higher learning, from Madrid to Paris, which he desired to gain entry into. It was the empirically-proven mark of a tortured artist, after time and time again of Pablo burning-out and leaving school after one or two semesters. This did not make any difference after he became successful after ‘First Communion’, yet was a clear sign that brilliant individuals sometimes have difficulty in a structured formal classroom setting.

7. Pablo Picasso‘s First Job in Paris

The first job that Pablo Picasso was to be paid upon was with his landlord/art dealer, Pere Menach. The agreed-upon sum was 150 francs per month, which in today’s money, equates to about $750 USD. Not a bad sum of money back in the day and one that allowed young Pablo to exercise his creativity and to develop his personal characteristics, that would carry him through the rest of his long life.

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Pablo Picasso – BBC Modern Masters [1/6]

November 16th, 2011 No Comments   Posted in Art History

The life of Pablo Picasso is an exciting story of rebellion, riches, women and great art. In this episode of a four-part series dedicated to Modern Art, journalist Alastair Sooke travels through France, Spain and the US to see some of the artist’s great works and recount tales from his life story. Talking to architects, fashion experts and artists, he investigates how Picasso’s influence, particularly that of his Cubist work, continues to pervade modern life today, in the shape of buildings, interior design, clothes and of course contemporary art. Tracking down former Picasso model Sylvette David to her current home in Britain, he also hears how Picasso’s images of her inspired the look of screen siren Brigitte Bardot.

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Picasso, art and doors

June 13th, 2011 No Comments   Posted in ebook Art

Doors have always been a fascinating subject. Take the artist Picasso for instance and his famous painting the Las Meninas. Picasso’s artwork made use of the framework of large oak doors. Oak doors and pine doors in modern art or classical paintings are symbols of new beginnings, an entrance or a separation, which is what doors can reflect in your home.
Doors have special significance in art; in the sixteenth century during the romantic and symbolist movements you are able to determine if the doors are internal or external doors while relating to life itself. Just like artwork, aesthetics are important when you choose external doors as it can reflect your own personality or make a bold statement.
French doors of oak or pine is a great way to add a touch of grandeur and elegance while making more use of inside and outside space. A dining room with fitted French external doors that have been modernised can be a feature of a room and can be used frequently for entertaining guests in the garden or on the decking at the back of a house.
Modern designs of French internal doors can be used as an internal feature to link sections of rooms and bring together separate areas. Both external and internal doors are taken for granted and often underestimated in the role they have when architects design a house. Interior doors can be used to provide sound proofing for teenagers who play their music loudly and can help a person who is a light sleeper.
Some people invest in good quality double glazed windows and forget that oak doors are not only sturdy but they are great at keeping out noise. Tip: Adding an internal door to separate a kitchen from a dining room makes room for multi tasking, as a study or a child’s playroom. At Kaybee Doors our Oak and Pine doors come in both traditional and modern designs.

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Pablo Picasso Dove Of Peace – Blue Poster Art – 22×28 Art Poster Print by Pablo Picasso, 28×22 Art Poster Print by Pablo Picasso, 28×22

March 10th, 2011 No Comments   Posted in Arts Poster

Pablo Picasso Dove Of Peace – Blue Poster Art – 22×28 Art Poster Print by Pablo Picasso, 28×22 Art Poster Print by Pablo Picasso, 28×22 Review

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Two Old Treasures – Picasso and Mike Cunningham

December 22nd, 2010 No Comments   Posted in pablo picasso

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I am a treasure hunter. I don’t mean that I leave the house each morning armed with a pick and a shovel and an old map marked with an X. No. My tools are the Antique Trade Gazette’s auction guide, my old motor and forty-years accumulated knowledge of art and antiques. I travel the world looking for mistakes made by auction houses and dealers wherever I can find them. I eat most days, but I’m not getting rich.

Picture restorer, dealer, Mike Cunningham was one of the greatest treasures I ever found. We clicked from the moment we met and I was sure we would grow old together. When he died in his sleep in 2000 I was more upset than when I lost my Dad. Mike was fifty-two years old, fit and full of plans for the future. He had recently decided to sell his London home and retire to Hastings, on the south coast of England, where he and partner Sue already owned a small house in the Old Town. Mike and I had bought many pictures together over the preceding twenty years, most of them turned over quickly for a profit. But when Mike died we were still half shares in a painting that, if we had some provenance, would have secured our futures and that of a small African nation.

Mike bought the picture from some Irish travellers on the Goldbourne Road (off Portobello Road, London) one, very wet, Friday morning in 1980. He paid two pounds ($4.00). He didn’t even know that it was a painting. All he could see in the half-light was a muddy, cupboard door, burned on one side with traces of paint on the charcoal. The other side had old wallpaper stuck to it and a letter attached to the top right-hand corner. He did think the letter looked interesting – although he couldn’t speak French – and he thought he recognised the signature. Later, back at his studio in Fulham he wiped the mud from the charcoal and discovered Picasso‘s Guernica – in colour http://www.yopicasso.com.

The painting measures 45.5cm x 57.5cm is signed Picasso 1937 in the body of the fallen warrior. The letter on the back was addressed to Gordon Davy of the R.A.E. Cap D’Antibes 2.1.46 and signed Picasso and a footnote – Operation Special Executive Project Design – Guernica. The top left-hand corner of this letter (with “Pour Gordon” written on it) was detached and lost, but a Photograph does exist.

In July 1981 Mike showed the picture to Roland Penrose. Penrose liked the picture. He said that he had never seen it himself, but he promised he would make some inquiries. Unfortunately Mr Penrose died, before Mike was able to enter into correspondence with him.

It took me a couple of years to persuade him, but, in a moment of weakness, Mike eventually sold me a half share. In 1987 we approached a handwriting expert at New Scotland Yard and asked her to take a look at the letter. Encouragingly she saw no reason to suppose the letter was a fake, although, due to the lack of suitable reference for comparison, she was unable to give a definitive judgment. The hunt began for samples of Picasso‘s writing from around the same date, written with a brush and, preferably, written while he was in a similar frame of mind.

I had the brilliant idea that we should write to the Picasso committee in Paris and ask for help. This, of course, was a disaster. The committee simply condemned the picture. They had no reference for it and we had no history.

We did find some suitable examples of handwriting over the next few years and in 1990 the expert wrote to us saying that: “There are some fairly good matches between the writings but I keep coming back to the letter ‘d’ ” – she was unable to find a match for this letter in the same form. She continued to be encouraging and suggested that we keep searching for painted handwriting.

I suppose we did make some effort to find more reference, but not a lot. We were always busy with other things. Mike made a very nice box for the painting and for the next ten years it rarely saw the light of day. I haven’t seen it since the year before Mike died. I don’t even know where it is. I miss my friend a lot more than I miss the painting – I’d rather hear Mike’s voice on the end of the phone with a cheery – “‘ello, mate. You ‘eard the one about the bow-legged vicar and the policewoman?” – than ever have a provenance for a painting – even Picasso‘s Guernica in colour.

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About Style – Picasso Versus Dali

December 12th, 2010 No Comments   Posted in pablo picasso

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Style is a concept that is used in many areas. In arts for example it denominates a certain characteristic or typical way of … painting. In fashion it is used to describe a certain tendency to dress. And style is also used in architecture to express more or less the same — way — in which a building is made — classic, modern, gothic, etc. And even organizations have their style in organizing activities.

This is less visible, but equally significant, because style gives (form to) identity and authenticity.

Awareness of differences in style in other areas – like painting – could help to understand the differences and importance of style in organizations. For example the difference in style between the two Spanish painters: Pablo Picasso (from Malaga) and Salvador Dali (from Catalonia).

Both have had their own style, which we can not easily express with words, but they are prominent when looking at the painting of each of the artists. Style and arts (in painting) can mean to different things: the own style of the painter and the style of a movement that dominates a certain period.

Dali for example has always been predominantly associated with the surrealist movement in arts. Picasso on the other hand has been associated with cubism but also with many other styles.

In fact the main differences — in style between the two masters — is perhaps that Picasso has altered his style and preferences to express himself, whereas Dali has been loyal to mostly one style; surrealism.

Picasso has always been valued more on the market than “Dali” and probably because of the same reason. Where the market is capricious and not only focused on one style, it will most value the artist that is able to switch from one style to another. One point in time the market turned its back to surrealism as being out of date. This happened with al style periods like in philosophy where a period like existentialism is “overdue” at one moment in time. The hype or trend is over and if you are still committed to this style the market will ignore you.

It is said the Picasso was always an outsider, never committed to one style, always looking for new way to express himself. Dali had found his “way” and not willing nor eager to open up for new developments and innovations.

Style is even present on a personal or psychological level. Myers and Briggs have elaborated this topic with a set of personal preferences; in this case the Judging versus the Perceiving preferences.

“This fourth preference pair describes how you like to live your outer life–what are the behaviors others tend to see? Do you prefer a more structured and decided lifestyle (Judging) or a more flexible and adaptable lifestyle (Perceiving)? (http://www.myersbriggs.org/my-mbti-personality-type/mbti-basics/judging-or-perceiving.asp)

It seems that Picasso would be more Perceiving (P) where Dali would favor more a Judging lifestyle (J).

Style is peculiar way in which things are done – made, designed, etc. It is omnipresent, also in business, but less visible than the style of a painting. But give it some attention. Focus on the way you organize your life or business.

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Novelty Ties Inspired by the Art of Famous Artist Pablo Picasso

November 27th, 2010 No Comments   Posted in pablo picasso

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There are many different styles of neckties to choose from. There are animal print styles, catchy sayings and phases, and even depictions from many famous painters, including Pablo Picasso. In fact, Picasso designed neck ties are one of the most famous and popular designs available, more so than Salvador Dali, Rembrandt, or even Michelangelo.

Famous Artwork Rendered on Neckwear

You can find an abundance of different neckwear inspired from Pablo Picasso, from contemporary designs like the Woman Playing Guitar, from his 1924 painting, or the Harlequin Leaning on His Elbow, based on his painting from 1901. There are even reprints of his more abstract and disturbing works, like The Smoker from 1969, and even ones by other artists who have been inspired by this famous painter.

One of these is the Abstract Picasso Woman, designed from a water color painting by Matilde Caceres-Zelinger, from Texas. This tie design is printed in brilliant colors and is ideal for any person with great taste. Another Picasso inspired necktie is the “Picasso” Apple, which is a digital collage of the original photo of a lopsided apple, inspired by many of Picasso‘s odd renderings. There are also many others to choose from, including many different reprints of original paintings.

Places to Purchase

So the question you may be asking is where you can get one of the Picasso inspired ties, and how much they cost. Well you may be able to find a few of them at department stores; however for the best selection and prices, it is a good idea to start online. There are many necktie manufacturers that have a wide selection of famous artist’s designs, including Ralph Marlin. These are available in silk or polyester, or even a mixture of materials, and are very reasonably priced.

For example, the Three Musicians, from 1921, is a brilliantly colored rendition made from silk and is reasonably priced. The Picasso Portrait Ovals collector necktie is black and white, and is filled with small ovals of Picasso‘s self portrait, available in polyester, for under $20 dollars. There are many other styles to choose from as well. In order to get the best deals it is a good idea to shop around, since prices may vary. Also be sure to check for other costs as well, such as shipping, taxes, and even exchange rates. Some companies provide free shipping, for orders over a certain amount.

When choosing an online dealer, make sure you read all the fine print. Check for their return policies, and any guarantees that may be offered. It may also be a good idea to also check with one of the online auction houses. There are many deals there you may not find anywhere else. One thing of concern with auction houses is that many ties may not be brand new, which is not a problem if they are in excellent condition.


So if you want to stand out from the crowd, express your own style, or even show your appreciation for fine art, do it with Picasso inspired neckwear. Each is unique, is available in black and white or color, and will definitely set you apart from the rest of the office. Not only do men’s ties represent many of Picasso‘s famous works, but they also make for a unique topic around the water cooler.

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Pablo Picasso – The Artist and His Muse

November 7th, 2010 No Comments   Posted in pablo picasso

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Pablo Picasso defined Modern Art just as Einstein defined the word “scientist.” Picasso was the colossus brand ambassador of Cubism and Abstract Art. However, greater the fame he achieved with his brush, the more degenerate his relationships became. Pablo Picasso‘s art, despite of or maybe because of his failed relationships, infidelity, and vengefulness, reflected emotional sourness, which made them world famous.

Pablo Picasso faced his first tragedy at the death of his sister, Conchita, when he was just seventeen. This left a very deep impression on him. Although Pablo never bordered on the edginess of Goya or Van Gogh or Gauguin, he had his share of mistresses and lovers. Most of Pablo‘s relationships with them ended bitterly. What would start as a hero worship would end with the accusations of infidelity and abuse. This story repeated itself several times, as Picasso‘s art grew from Realism to Blue, Rose, Africanism, and Cubism. The funniest part was that, as Pablo Picasso seems to have “phases” in his art; his women also were “in phases.” For every segment of his works, it is easy to single out a different woman.

Pablo Picasso‘s first long-term mistress was Fernande Olivier, who was a fellow artist of his. Olivier was the muse, who graced his “Rose” period works. The colors in Rose Phase Paintings were primarily bright Orange, and Pink. Happy characters such as, Circus Artisans and Harlequins graced Pablo Picasso‘s Canvas. It could be said that maybe the young Picasso was in love. However, as his art gained value, he left Olivier for Eva (Marcelle Humbart), now making her the queen of his “Cubist” works. Many mistresses later, Picasso tried his hands at marriage with Ballerina Khokhlova. Khokhlova was a high society woman, who tried making the bohemian Pablo to “civilize” himself with high-class parties, outings, and powerful friends. The couple did not go far with their marriage, as Picasso fell in love with a seventeen-year old damsel, Marie-Thérèse Walter. This was at most an infatuation for the young woman but Picasso fathered a girl with her and Marie lived in the false hope that Picasso would marry her one day. Of course, Picasso, who backtracked, disappointed her. Ditched badly, Marie hanged herself. Khokhlova, of course could not take well the philandering of her husband. Picasso however, refused to divorce her, fearing a division of his fortune. The couple remained separated until Khokhlova Died in 1955.

Another constant influence in Picasso‘s life was the painter Dora Maar, with whom he had a parallel relationship (the closest was in 1930′s). She featured as his Muse in most of his Abstract Works and was responsible for documenting his most famous work “Guernica.” After the liberation of France, Pablo Picasso fell in love with a French art student, Francois Gilot. Their affair lasted for 9 years, with the only twist this time being, it was Gilot, who left Picasso. Pablo was heartbroken, though took his revenge by making her divorce her husband, while he himself solemnized his second marriage with Jacqueline Roque.

Pablo Picasso‘s life is as much a study of his craft as his psychology. One can view him as a philanderer or as an artist who refused to be tied down to one Muse. Perhaps his folly was in seeing only a muse where he should have seen a companion. However, perhaps then, we would not have the geniuses of Picasso.

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Don Quixote, c.1955 Art Poster Print by Pablo Picasso, 24×36

October 24th, 2010 No Comments   Posted in Arts Poster

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Pablo Ruiz Picasso – The Master of 20th Century Art

October 10th, 2010 No Comments   Posted in pablo picasso

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Born on October 25, 1881 in the city of Malaga, Spain, Pablo Ruiz Picasso is considered one of the masters of the 20th century art.

Picasso‘s full name is Diego Jose Santiago Francisco de Paula Juan Nepomuceno Crispin Crispiniano de los Remedios Cipriano de la Santisima Trinidad Ruiz Blasco y Picasso Lopez. He was the son of José Ruiz y Blasco and Maria Picasso y Lopez. During Picasso‘s early years, he used to sign his name as Ruiz Blasco, taken after his father. Since 1901, he started using his mother’s name whenever he signed his name.

Picassos is attributed to be the founder of Cubism together with Georges Braque. However, during his lifetime, he created an extensive and different body of works such as arts that featured moving representation of beggars, prostitutes, acrobats, and harlequins.

When Picasso was younger, he started as a painter. He firmly believed that for an artist to be considered as a “true artist” one must learn how to paint. Picasso also worked with collage, bronze sculptures, small ceramics, and even written some poetry. When he’s not working, Picassos wanted to be in company of people. In fact, he maintained a good relationship with many of his friends like Andre Breton, Gertrude Stein, and Guillaume Apollinaire among others. Aside from his wife, he also kept a number of mistresses.

Picasso‘s “Guernica” is believed to be his most famous work of art. In the canvas, he depicted the bombing of Germany in Guernica, Spain. Said canvass signified the brutality, hopelessness, and inhumanity of war. At present, “Guernica” is on display at Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia in Madrid, Spain.

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