Pablo Picasso was an outstanding Spanish painter, poet, ceramist, printmaker, and sculptor, who made strides as one of the most influential and revolutionary artists of the 20th century. Best known as a founding member of the Cubist movement; an avant-garde art movement that revolutionized European painting and sculpture, Pablo’s works are often grouped into periods.
Although the names he gave his later periods are not known, the names of his earlier periods include the Blue Period (from 1901 – 1904), the Rose Period (from 1904 – 1906), the African-influenced period (from 1907 – 1909), Analytic Cubism (from 1909 – 1912), and lastly, the Synthetic Cubism (1912 – 1919). Throughout his lifetime, Pablo Picasso demonstrated extraordinary artistic talent and his works cut across different aspects of life.
Although it’s been years since the multi-talented artist passed on, his legacy lived on through his works that are scattered in different parts of the world. Amazingly, his great artistic style has also influenced a good number of contemporary artists. His exceptionally prolific accomplishments made him one of the most widely revered painters in the 20th century. He died on the 8th day of April 1973, at the age of 91. Since then, fans have been curious to know how much he was really worth before his death. Here, we have gathered all the interesting facts you need to know about this great artist, Pablo Picasso. Read more below.
Who was Pablo Picasso?
Born as Pablo Ruiz Picasso on the 25th day of October 1881, the artist was a native of the Spanish City of Malaga. He was the son of Don Jose Ruiz y Blasco and his wife, Maria Picasso y Lopez. Although he was raised in the Roman Catholic faith, Pablo would later become an atheist.
He got his knack for painting from his father who was also a painter as well as a professor at the School of Fine Arts in A Coruna, at the time. He started drawing from a very young age and seeing how good he was at his craft, his father and uncle enrolled him at the Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando, the foremost art school in Madrid. There, the young artist studied for a short while before dropping out of the academy.
Prior to the inception of his career, Pablo Picasso worked under his father’s tutelage. After learning the basics, he eventually kicked off his career in 1894. Soon after the inception of his career, the young artist moved to Paris, France in 1900. There, he met Max Jacob, a French journalist, and poet who helped him learn the language and its literature. At the time, he was engrossed in the works of French artists like Edouard Manet, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, and Gustave Courbet, among others.
Before delving into Cubism, Pablo Picasso went through a prodigious number of styles. The Blue Period (1901-1904) was characterized by a predominantly blue palette and also focused on beggars, outcasts, and prostitutes. His most interesting work of this style is La Vie which is currently being preserved at the Cleveland’s Museum of Art.
Similarly, the Rose period which started around 1904 saw Pablo’s work dominated by pinks and beiges, light blues, and roses. His paintings include harlequins, clowns, and circus people, all of whom seem to be mute and strangely inactive. Pablo’s notable work in this style includes Family of Saltimbanques which portrays a group of circus workers who appear incapable of communicating with one another. It rests at the National Gallery in Washington D. C.
Pablo went to Holland in 1905 and upon return to Paris, his form of art greatly improved with the classic aura showing male and female figures in distinct profiles. One of his best works in this form is the La Toilette and it rests preserved at the Albright-Knox Gallery in New York. Pablo Picasso made a groundbreaking painting which ultimately led to the revolutionary style of modern art (Cubism) in 1907 with his work, Les Demoiselles d’Avignon.
Throughout his lifetime, Pablo Picasso made strides with his works which cut across different artistic mediums, for which he became a master in each medium. From his paintings to ceramics, etchings, linocuts, and lithographs, all of Pablo’s works are a testament to his artistic skills.
How Much Was Pablo Picasso Worth Just Before He Died?
The outstanding artist made a fortune from his exploits both as an artist, painter, sculptor, printmaker, and ceramist. Some of his notable works have been sold for millions of dollars while others have been preserved in different mediums. They include the Nude, Green Leaves, and Bust which was sold for $106.5 million, Garcon la pipe sold for $104 million, and Dora Maar au Chat sold for $95.2 million, among others.
All these and his other business endeavours helped Pablo to maintain a net worth of $500 million before his death. While many of his early works have been preserved at the Museo Picasso in Barcelona, some of them have equally been showcased in various parts of the world including San Francisco, Sydney, Seattle, Toronto, and many others.