Virtuoso draughtsman, initiator of cubism, surrealist painter, sculptor ... Pablo Picasso has profoundly changed the art of the twentieth century. His greatness is explained by his infinite capacity to innovate, to anticipate his contemporaries while dialoguing with the painting of the old masters. From breakthrough to breakthrough, the artist has constantly renewed the relationship of art to reality, to history. Les Demoiselles d'Avignon (1907) and Guernica (1937) are among the most important works of the century. Picasso also embodies a myth: the bohemian artist, the minotaur, the demiurge. Picasso became a star during his lifetime and died at the age of 91. For all these reasons, he is commonly called a genius.
As soon as he could hold a brush, Pablo began to paint under the expert and attentive eye of his father, a painter and drawing teacher.
At the age of 8, he painted his first picture The Picador .
At the age of 12, he entered the School of Fine Arts in La Coruña, Galicia (in the northwest of Spain) where his father taught. There he learned drawing and painting.
At the age of 14, Pablo enrolled in the School of Fine Arts of La Lonja, in Barcelona (Catalonia, in the northeast of Spain) where his father had obtained a teaching position.
At the age of 15, Pablo went alone to Madrid (the Spanish capital). He took the entrance exam to the Academy of Fine Arts of San Fernando. He passed. During this period, he spent hours studying and copying the masters exhibited at the Prado Museum (in Madrid).
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