Art Periods

Early Works

Ignorant people often make remarks about avant-garde artists saying that they cannot paint and that is why they depict blocks and squares. Picasso can serve as an example to prove falseness and primitiveness of this statement. From a very young age he was able to portray a life model on paper with the highest resemblance. The talent lucky to be born into creative environment (the father of the brightest personality in the 20th century painting was a drawing teacher and decorator) developed in a flash. The boy had hardly learned to speak before he started drawing.... read & look more

Pablo Picasso. First Communion, 1896
First Communion, 1896
Pablo Picasso. Science and Charity, 1897
Science and Charity, 1897
Pablo Picasso. Picador, 1889
Picador, 1889
Pablo Picasso. Study for a torso, 1892
Study for a torso, 1892
Pablo Picasso. Portrait of the mother of the artist, 1896
Portrait of the mother of the artist, 1896

"Blue" Period

This is, perhaps, the first period in the work of Picasso, in relation to which we can speak about the individuality of the creator, despite the still sounding notes of influence. The first creative uplift was provoked by a long-lasting depression: February 1901 in Madrid Picasso learned that his close friend Carlos Casagemas had died. May 5 1901 the artist visited Paris for the second time; everything reminded him about Casagemas, with whom he had discovered the French capital not so long ago. Pablo stayed in the room where Carlos had spent his last days, started an affair with Germaine, because of whom Carlos had committed suicide, and palled around with the same people. One can only imagine how hard it was for Picasso to cope with the anguish of bereavement, guilt and the imminence of death... It constituted the ground for the Blue period. Picasso later recalled: “I started painting in blue when I learned of Casagemas's death”.... read & look more

Pablo Picasso. Woman Ironing, 1904
Woman Ironing, 1904
Pablo Picasso. Death of Casagemas, 1901
Death of Casagemas, 1901
Pablo Picasso. Self-Portrait in Blue Period, 1901
Self-Portrait in Blue Period, 1901
Pablo Picasso. Woman with a Blue Hat, 1901
Woman with a Blue Hat, 1901
Pablo Picasso. Absinthe Drinker, 1901
Absinthe Drinker, 1901

"Rose" Period

In Picasso’s work, the Rose Period was relatively short (from the fall 1904 until the end of 1906) and quite uneven. A large number of pictures were marked with a bright color; we see the advent of pearl gray, ocher, pink and red tones; there appeared new topics, such as actors, acrobats, athletes, and became dominant. The Cirque Medrano that was located at the foot of Montmartre hill certainly did provide a lot of material for the artist. Melodrama in its many manifestations (the suits, the accented gestures), a variety of different people, both beautiful and ugly, young and adult, returned the artist to the world of slightly transformed, but real forms, dimensions and spaces; paintings were once again filled with life as opposed to the characters of the Blue Period.... read & look more

Pablo Picasso. The Family of Saltimbanques, 1905
The Family of Saltimbanques, 1905
Pablo Picasso. Acrobat and Young Harlequin, 1905
Acrobat and Young Harlequin, 1905
Pablo Picasso. Tumblers (Mother and Son), 1905
Tumblers (Mother and Son), 1905
Pablo Picasso. Harlequin Sitting on a Red Couch, 1905
Harlequin Sitting on a Red Couch, 1905
Pablo Picasso. Acrobat on a Ball, 1905
Acrobat on a Ball, 1905

"African" Period

The first work by Picasso, which turned him towards a new figurativeness, was the Portrait of Gertrude Stein, 1906. By repainting it 80 times, the artist was desperate to depict the writer in the classical style. The artist was ready for a new creative period and ceased to be interested in life models. This piece can be regarded as the first step towards shape deformation... read & look more

Pablo Picasso. Self-Portrait, 1907
Self-Portrait, 1907
Pablo Picasso. Les Demoiselles d'Avignon (The Young Ladies of Avignon), 1907
Les Demoiselles d'Avignon (The Young Ladies of Avignon), 1907
Pablo Picasso. Head of a Woman, 1907
Head of a Woman, 1907
Pablo Picasso. Head of a Man, 1907
Head of a Man, 1907
Pablo Picasso. Friendship, 1908
Friendship, 1908

Cubism

Before Cubism, the lifelikeness was the major problem in the European art. Art had been evolving several centuries without bringing this concept into question. Even the impressionists, who started a new chapter in the history of painting devoted to light and fixation of fleeting impressions, were faced with the problem: how to capture the world on canvas ... read & look more

Pablo Picasso. Still Life with Guitar, 1921
Still Life with Guitar, 1921
Pablo Picasso. Violin and Guitar, 1913
Violin and Guitar, 1913
Pablo Picasso. Portrait of Ambroise Vollard, 1910
Portrait of Ambroise Vollard, 1910
Pablo Picasso. Harlequin, 1915
Harlequin, 1915
Pablo Picasso. The Card-Player, 1913 - 1914
The Card-Player, 1913 - 1914

Classicism

Cubism gradually became Picasso’s internally lived experience and liberated his brush. He later said: “When I think about it, I’d say I’m an artist without style”. “Style puts constraints on the artist, forcing a single viewpoint on things upon him, the same techniques, the same formula, year after year, his life long”. This, of course, was not the case of Picasso, the desperate daredevil of art.... read & look more

Pablo Picasso. Portrait of Paul Picasso as a Child, 1923
Portrait of Paul Picasso as a Child, 1923
Pablo Picasso. Pierrot, 1918
Pierrot, 1918
Pablo Picasso. Still-Life with a Pitcher and Apples, 1919
Still-Life with a Pitcher and Apples, 1919
Pablo Picasso. Portrait of Olga in the Armchair, 1917
Portrait of Olga in the Armchair, 1917
Pablo Picasso. The Bathers, 1918
The Bathers, 1918

Surrealism

The two factors triggered at the same time: Picasso’s new muse Marie-Therese Walter, whose “fascinating face” he desiderated to picture, immediately notifying his new female friend that “we will do great things together”, and the closeness to the circle of Andre Breton. It was in the gallery of Pierre in 1925 that Picasso first took part in a group exhibition of the Surrealists (before that, his works were presented at the personal exhibitions only). ... read & look more

Pablo Picasso. Woman with a Flower, 1932
Woman with a Flower, 1932
Pablo Picasso. Bather Opening a Cabin, 1928
Bather Opening a Cabin, 1928
Pablo Picasso. Figures on a Beach, 1931
Figures on a Beach, 1931
Pablo Picasso. Crucifixion, 1930
Crucifixion, 1930
Pablo Picasso. The Three Dancers, 1925
The Three Dancers, 1925

War in Spain. Guernica. World War II

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Pablo Picasso. Guernica, 1937
Guernica, 1937
Pablo Picasso. Portrait of Maya with her Doll, 1938
Portrait of Maya with her Doll, 1938
Pablo Picasso. Weeping Woman, 1937
Weeping Woman, 1937
Pablo Picasso. Still-Life, 1945
Still-Life, 1945
Pablo Picasso. Night Fishing at Antibes, 1939
Night Fishing at Antibes, 1939

Later works

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Pablo Picasso. Portrait of Françoise, 1946
Portrait of Françoise, 1946
Pablo Picasso. Jacqueline with Flowers, 1954
Jacqueline with Flowers, 1954
Pablo Picasso. The Kiss, 1969
The Kiss, 1969
Pablo Picasso. Portrait of Sylvette David 21, 1954
Portrait of Sylvette David 21, 1954
Pablo Picasso. Self-Portrait, 1972
Self-Portrait, 1972


All works by years