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10 Interesting Facts About Pablo Picasso

  1. Picasso was not just a painter—he was also a sculptor, ceramicist, stage designer, poet, playwright, and print writer.

  2. According to reports, after a Nazi officer saw a picture of Guernica, he asked Picasso if he had done it. Picasso replied, “No, you did.”

  3. Picasso was accepted to the School of Fine Arts when he was13 years old. While most students completed their entrance exams in a month, he completed his in just one week.

  4. Picasso once quipped, “Good artists copy, great artists steal.”

  5. Pablo Picasso’s last name is from his mother, María Picassoy López. His father’s name is José Ruíz Blasco.

  6. Of the six most important women in Picasso’s life, two killed themselves and two went mad.

  7. Picasso married his first wife, ballerina Olga Khokhlova(1891–1955) in 1918. The birth of their son Paulo in 1921 influenced Picasso to paint mother-and-child themes. Their marriage was a tumultuous one, and even after they separated, Picasso refused to divorce her so she wouldn’t receive half of his wealth. She died in 1955 of cancer.

  8. Picassocompleted his famous “Guernica” in just three weeks. The black-and-white painting reflects the destruction of the town of Guernica on April 26, 1937, by Franco’s German and Italian allies in the Spanish Civil War. The painting has become a symbol of the horrors of war.

  9. Picasso was buried by a chateau he bought in 1958 in the south of France. He bought the estate because it was on the slopes Mont Sainte-Victoire, a favorite place of Cézanne, an impressionist artist. After purchasing the property, Picasso declared, “I have just bought myself Cézanne’smountains.

  10. Picasso’s last words were “Drink to me, drink to my health. You know I can’t drink anymore

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