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“The artist is a receptacle for emotions that come from all over the place; from the sky, from the earth, from a scrap of paper, from a passing shape, from a spider’s web.” — Pablo Picasso

Pablo Diego José Francisco de Paula Juan Nepomuceno María de los Remedios Cipriano de la Santísima Trinidad Ruiz y Picasso (25 October 1881 – 8 April 1973), known as Pablo Ruiz Picasso was a Spanish painter, sculptor, printmaker, ceramicist, and stage designer, one of the greatest and most influential artists of the 20th century. He is widely known for co-founding the Cubist movement, and for the wide variety of styles that he helped develop and explore.

Picasso continued to be an innovator into the last decade of his life. This led to misunderstanding and criticism both in his lifetime and since, and it was only in the 1980s that his last paintings began to be appreciated both in themselves and for their profound influence on the rising generation of young painters. Since Picasso was able from the 1920s to sell works at very high prices, he could keep most of his oeuvre in his own collection. At the time of his death he owned some 50,000 works in various media from every period of his career, which passed into possession of the French state and his heirs. Their exhibition and publication has served to reinforce the highest estimates of Picasso’s astonishing powers of invention and execution over a span of more than 80 years.

     –   Les Demoiselles d’Avignon (1907): A portrayal of five figures, two of which are inspired by African artifacts. Formal ideas developed during this period lead directly into the Cubist period that follows.
     –   Guernica (1937): A portrayal of the German bombing of Guernica during the Spanish Civil War. his large canvas embodies for many the inhumanity, brutality and hopelessness of war.
     –   Weeping Woman / Dora (1937): The final and most elaborate of a series that is regarded as a thematic continuation of Guernica. Rather than focusing on the effects of the Spanish Civil War as a whole, an image of a woman crying captures a singular universal image of suffering.
     –   Chicago Picasso (1967): A public Cubist sculpture donated by Picasso to the people of Chicago after he refused to accept a $100,000 payment.

“It isn’t up to the painter to define the symbols. Otherwise it would be better if he wrote them out in so many words! The public who look at the picture must interpret the symbols as they understand them.” — Pablo Picasso, on Guernica