Pablo Picasso was born in 1881. His father was a respected art teacher. Many think his father’s being an art teacher had a major influence on Picasso’s artistic interest.
It didn’t take long for Picasso to get accepted into the Academy at Barcelona, for he was only fourteen. Picasso was a fast learner and found school to be boring. Barcelona was where Picasso painted his first work, “Girl with Bare Feet”. After being at Barcelona for two years he transferred to obtain better schooling. Three years later Picasso won a gold metal for his work, “Customs of Aragon”.
Many of Picasso’s works are influenced by what was happening in the world around him and in his personal life. Picasso temporarily left the city and went to the country because of an illness. When Picasso returned he disliked modern art and used his mother’s maiden name. Throughout the next four years Picasso went through a depressing state and lived life as a very poor man.
When Picasso finally started to get over his illness so did his overall view on life. Many noticed that his work began to be filled with bright and beautiful colors. This change may have been because his life had changed so much and he realized that he was luckier than many people around him. Picasso also started to use sculpture to express himself and as some say “the black art” may have captivated him.
Picasso went through a stage called Cubism. His first work was named, “The Young Woman of Avigon”, which he did in 1907. The picture had many hard angles, and geometric figures. The triangle is the dominant feature throughout the images. His work continued to be influenced by his personal life and the world surrounding him.
Picasso met the love of his life, Eva Marcelle Humbert, but unfortunately they were separated by war and she later died in 1915. Humbert influenced Picasso’s “Harlequin”. In 1917, Picasso began to work on costumes for the Russian Ballet and met his potential wife, a dancer for the Russian Ballet, Olga Kokhloven. The Russian Ballet was also an...