Pablo Picasso is regarded as one of the most influential artists of the 20th century. He made several contributions to art such as cubism, the invention of constructed sculpture, and various other artistic styles that he helped pioneer and promote.
He is known to have lived an interesting life and had a long blossoming career.
Here are 10 fun facts you probably didn’t know about the prolific artists:
1. Picasso has 23 words in his full name. He was baptised Pablo Diego José Francisco de Paula Juan Nepomuceno María de los Remedios Cipriano de la Santísima Trinidad Martyr Patricio Clito Ruíz y Picasso.
2. It appears Picasso was born to be an artist. His first word was ”Piz”short for lápiz which is the Spanish word for Pencil. This prompted his father to give him a formal education in art starting from the age of 7.
3. When Picasso was thirteen, his father, who was also an artist, vowed to give up painting because he felt his son had surpassed him.
4. Picasso was such a small and weak baby when he was born that the nurse thought he was stillborn and left him to attend to his mother. His uncle, a doctor named Don Salvador, ended up saving him.
5. He was a child prodigy. He completed his first painting titled, Le Picador when he was only 9. The painting depicts a man riding a horse in a bullfight. By 13, he had gained admission to the Barcelona School of Fine Arts. He completed the entrance exam which usually took one month to complete, in just a week.
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6. Picasso was a man of many talents. In addition to being a painter, he was a sculptor, ceramicist, poet, playwright, and set designer.
7. Although Picasso was a brilliant student and artistically head of his classmates, he didn’t like being told what to do and was often thrown into detention.
For being a bad student I was banished to the ‘calaboose’ – a bare cell with whitewashed walls and a bench to sit on. I liked it there, because I took along a sketch pad and drew incessantly … I could have stayed there forever drawing without stopping ” said Picasso.
8. He was once accused of stealing Leonardo da Vinci’s painting Mona Lisa but was later vindicated when the real culprit was discovered.
9. Picasso was married twice in his lifetime and had four children by three different women. He had a complicated relationship with women and most of his mistresses were much younger than he was.
10. He is famed as the world’s most prolific artist. The Guinness World Records credits him for creating 13,500 paintings and designs, 100,000 prints and engravings, 34,000 book illustrations, and 300 sculptures and ceramics.