Picasso is widely regarded as one of the greatest and most influential artists of the post-modern era. A pioneer in the cubist art movement and with a huge body of work spanning nearly 80 years, his shadow loomed large over 20th century art; his influence was massive both then and now and will continue to be so for the foreseeable future.
Picasso was a precocious talent as a young boy and way formally trained in art from the age of seven. By his early teens he was able to make superb copies of famous artworks. In 1900 he moved to Paris, then the art capital of Europe. There he developed strong relationships with many influential artists, poets, writers, musicians and art collectiors including Gertrude Stein, Max Jacob, Jean Hugo, Henri Matisse, Andre Breton, Jean Cocteau and Igor Stravinsky. Picasso would live in Paris, on and off, for the rest of his life. He even stayed there during the german occupation of World War 2, despite his art not fitting with nazi tastes. He spent much of the war hiding away in his studio apartment making sculptures from bronze smuggled to him by the french resistance.
Picasso's painting output covers nearly an 80 year body of work. He painted in a wide variety of styles during this time, in certain periods painting in cubist, african-influenced, classical, neoclassical and surreal styles. He also made many sculptures during his life as well as art pottery. Picasso's most famous painting is probably Guernica, a harsh depiction of the massacre that took place there during the spanish civil war.
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