Picasso: The Periods of this Famous Painter’s Work


What do you think is the purpose of art? Is it to create with childlike abandonment and wonder? Or, harness the emotions and perceptions of an individual? Or, record an important moment in history? One such painter, Pablo Picasso, found purpose and meaning in all three. In today’s blog, we’re diving into his history and his thoughts on art. Additionally, we’ll explore the many movements and periods of arts which led him to be one of the best known artists of the 20th century. 

Who Is Picasso?

Pablo Ruiz Picasso, born in 1881, was a Spanish painter, sculptor, printmaker, ceramicist, and theatre designer. He is known for the:

Early Life

Born in Málaga in Southern Spain, Pablo’s family came from a middle-class background. His father, Don José Ruiz, was also a painter and specialised in naturalistic depictions of birds. What’s more, he was a professor of art at the School of Crafts and a curator of a local museum. 

Picasso showed a passion and skill for drawing at any early age. In fact, according to his mother, his first words were “piz, piz”: the shorting of the Spanish word lápiz for “pencil”. From the age of 7, his father gave Pablo formal training in figure drawing and oil painting. Ruiz believed that proper training required disciplined copying of the masters alongside drawing the human body from plaster casts and live models. 

At only 13 years old, the young painter found himself accepted at the School of Fine Arts, in Barcelona. 

His Thoughts on Art

Check out Picasso’s thoughts on art — we’ll see how his work reflects this ideology when we explore his various periods and movements. 

His Movements and Periods

Although some dates and definitions are highly debated, we present to you the various styles, movements and periods of Picasso’s art. 


More Movements and Periods

He died in 1973 in France. 

A note: Picasso was a known misogynist, often viewing woman only as muses and for pleasure. Ultimately, he definitely raises the question: “Can we separate the artists from the art?” 

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Lydia B.

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