October 25, 2010

Happy Birthday, Pablo Picasso!

Born on this day in 1881, this famous Spanish artist was christened Pablo Diego José Francisco de Paula Juan Nepomuceno María de los Remedios Cipriano de la Santísima Trinidad Ruiz y Picasso. I cannot figure out why we don't use his whole name when referring to him!

Considered a revolutionary artist, Picasso co-founded the Cubist movement but painted and drew in many styles over the course of his life.

Picasso grew up and studied art in Spain, but he moved to Paris, which was then the art capital of the world, in 1900. While there Picasso lived in so much poverty, he had to burn much of his art just to stay warm! By 1901 Picasso moved back to Madrid, Spain, and luckily he found patrons who believed in him and bought his art: American writer Gertrude Stein and her husband and brother.

  • Look at this very short YouTube video of Picasso painting. Notice how free his brush strokes are as he sketches the figures he will paint....For another taste of Picasso, check out this short time-lapse video. Notice how the artist keeps adding details and shading, long after you and I might think the painting was “done.” 
  • Try your hand at adding more and more details to a drawing or painting, just as Picasso did. Check out this time-lapse “doodle” for inspiration. 

Learn more!

Squidoo has a fun webpage about Picasso. Lots to click and see and read! 

Here is a coloring program with a Picasso-esque portrait. Enjoy! 

For more Picasso links, check out this earlier post

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