Artworks - Pablo Picasso
Born in 1881, Picasso's talent matured incredibly early and he was a rebel from the start, as a teenager, began to frequent the Barcelona cafes where intellectuals gathered. He soon went to Paris, the capital of art, and soaked up the works of Manet, Gustave Courbet, and Toulouse-Lautrec, whose sketchy style impressed him greatly. Then it was back to Spain, a return to France, and again back to Spain - all in the years 1899 to 1904.
Probably the most influential and controversial figure of modern art, Picasso was at the forefront of the European avant-garde from the early 1900's until the end of the Second World War. His work involved radical intellectualism, serious political commitment and, at the same time, playful wit and association with his well publicised lifestyle.
As a printmaker, Picasso initially concentrated on etching, producing The Vollard Suite in the 1930's. Picasso’s flair and ease with the medium allow him the freedom to experiment with the technique, producing some of the finest, and most technically advanced, etchings of the 20th Century.
Picasso demonstrated his amazing inventiveness in his prints as in every other medium. His graphics span six decades, from the Blue Period etchings made when he was just 25 to his inspired use of the linocut when in his 70’s and the '156' series completed just before his death in 1973. In all Picasso made only 150 linocuts over a period of ten years, fifty five of these in 1962 alone.