Saturday, April 21, 2012

Picasso, Pablo

Portrait de Marie-Thérèse Walter 1937
oil on canvas
46 cm x 38 cm
Musée Picasso, Paris

Pablo Picasso's final words were “Drink to me, drink to my health, you know I can’t drink any more.”
Picasso (1881 - 1973), was a Spanish painter and sculptor. One of the greatest and most influential artists of the 20th century, he is widely known for co-founding the Cubist movement, the invention of constructed sculpture, and for the wide variety of styles that he helped develop and explore.

He demonstrated extraordinary artistic talent in his early years, painting in a realistic manner through his childhood and adolescence. During the first decade of the 20th century his style changed as he experimented with different theories, techniques, and ideas. His revolutionary artistic accomplishments brought him universal renown and immense fortune, making him one of the best-known figures in 20th century art.

For the last three decades of his long life Picasso lived mostly in south of France.
He died on 8 April 1973, aged 91, in Mougins, France, while he and his wife Jacqueline Roque entertained friends for dinner. He was interred at the Chateau of Vauvenargues near Aix-en-Provence, a property he had acquired in 1958 and occupied with Jacqueline between 1959 and 1962. Jacqueline prevented his children Claude and Paloma from attending the funeral. Devastated and lonely after the death of Picasso, Jacqueline took her own life by gunshot in 1986 when she was 59 years old.