Pablo Picasso studied at two institutions in Spain: the Royal Academy of San Fernando and the School of Fine Arts in Barcelona. He attended the Royal Academy at age 14 and the School of Fine Arts at 16.
Picasso excelled as a painter but not as a student. He frequently cut classes to paint and sketch on his own. He grew disenchanted with both institutions' emphasis on classical techniques. During his time away from classes, he sketched street scenes, gypsies, beggars and prostitutes. He finally left the School of Fine Arts and became inspired by the revolutionary actions and ideals of his friends. This inspiration led to his experimentation and creation of Cubism.Learn More
Pablo Picasso used common house paint for his artwork, according to LiveScience. Art historians had long thought that this was the case, but it wasn't until research was done at Argonne National Laboratory that they knew with certainty.Full Answer >
Pablo Picasso painted one of his most celebrated and politically powerful pieces "Guernica" in response to the Nazi bombing of the Basque town of Guernica in April 1937. Aiding insurgents in the Spanish Civil War, German planes bombed and destroyed the town, indiscriminately killing women and children. The destruction of Guernica became a symbol of the lost liberties of the Basque people.Full Answer >
Pablo Picasso's most important contribution to the world of art was his co-founding of the Cubist movement. He also contributed significantly to the invention of collage, constructed sculpture and the plastic arts.Full Answer >
Pablo Picasso had two siblings, Dolores (nicknamed Lola) and Conception (nicknamed Conchita). Both of his sisters were younger than him.Full Answer >