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Pablo Picasso

Spanish, 1881–1973

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Pablo Picasso

Spanish, 1881–1973

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A prolific and tireless innovator of art forms, Pablo Picasso impacted the course of 20th-century art with unparalleled magnitude. Inspired by African and Iberian art and developments in the world around him, Picasso contributed significantly to a number of artistic movements, notably Cubism, Surrealism, Neoclassicism, and Expressionism. Along with Georges Braque, Picasso is best known for pioneering Cubism in an attempt to reconcile three-dimensional space with the two-dimensional picture plane, once asking, “Are we to paint what’s on the face, what’s inside the face, or what’s behind it?” Responding to the Spanish Civil War, he painted his most famous work, Guernica (1937), whose violent images of anguished figures rendered in grisaille made it a definitive work of anti-war art. “Painting is not made to decorate apartments,” he said. “It’s an offensive and defensive weapon against the enemy.” Picasso’s sizable oeuvre includes over 20,000 paintings, prints, drawings, sculptures, ceramics, theater sets, and costume designs.

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$179m, Christie's, 2015
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Solo show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 19 more
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Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 34 more
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Collected by a major institution
Tate, and 4 more
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Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 5 more
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Venice Biennale International Exhibition, and 1 more
Biography

A prolific and tireless innovator of art forms, Pablo Picasso impacted the course of 20th-century art with unparalleled magnitude. Inspired by African and Iberian art and developments in the world around him, Picasso contributed significantly to a number of artistic movements, notably Cubism, Surrealism, Neoclassicism, and Expressionism. Along with Georges Braque, Picasso is best known for pioneering Cubism in an attempt to reconcile three-dimensional space with the two-dimensional picture plane, once asking, “Are we to paint what’s on the face, what’s inside the face, or what’s behind it?” Responding to the Spanish Civil War, he painted his most famous work, Guernica (1937), whose violent images of anguished figures rendered in grisaille made it a definitive work of anti-war art. “Painting is not made to decorate apartments,” he said. “It’s an offensive and defensive weapon against the enemy.” Picasso’s sizable oeuvre includes over 20,000 paintings, prints, drawings, sculptures, ceramics, theater sets, and costume designs.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Blue chip status
Blue chip representation
Represented by internationally reputable galleries.
Auction
High auction record
$179m, Christie's, 2015
User
Solo show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 19 more
Group
Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 34 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Tate, and 4 more
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 5 more
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Venice Biennale International Exhibition, and 1 more
Shows Featuring Pablo Picasso
Articles Featuring Pablo Picasso
The Visionary Collector Who Transformed Works by Picasso and Matisse into Tapestries
Feb 21st, 2020
The Visionary Collector Who Transformed Works by Picasso and Matisse into Tapestries
Inside the Paris Apartment Where Gertrude Stein Fêted Matisse and Picasso
Jan 3rd, 2020
Inside the Paris Apartment Where Gertrude Stein Fêted Matisse and Picasso
The 10 Most Expensive Works Sold in 2019
Dec 26th, 2019
The 10 Most Expensive Works Sold in 2019
8 Collectors and Curators Share the Art on Their Holiday Wish Lists
Nov 26th, 2019
8 Collectors and Curators Share the Art on Their Holiday Wish Lists
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