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Pablo Ruiz y Picasso, 1881 - 1973

portrait of Pablo Picasso
Self-portrait (1907)

Born: 25 October 1881, Málaga, Andalusia, Spain
Died: 8 April 1973, Mougins, France

His full name is Pablo Diego José Francisco de Paula Juan Nepomuceno María de los Remedios Cipriano de la Santísima Trinidad Ruiz y Picasso, honoring various saints and family members followed by his father's and mother's names (Ruiz and Picasso). His first word was "piz", Spanish for pencil. Ruiz was an art instructor and began formal training of his son at age seven, they moved to A Coruña in 1891 where Ruiz taught. It was there that Ruiz saw that his son had surpassed him in talent and vowed to give up painting himself. Picasso's sister died in 1895, the traumatized family moved to Barcelona where Picasso thrived, entering the School of Fine Arts at age thirteen. In 1897 he was sent to Madrid's Royal Academy of San Fernando but soon stopped attending class to spend more time at the Prado studying the Spanish masters. He went to Paris in 1900, sharing a one-room apartment with a journalist; Picasso slept in the daytime and his roommate in the night. In 1905 he sold his first work to Leo and Gertrude Stein, she remained one of his major collectors for years and introduced him to other American collectors. Picasso had a number of extended affairs and two marriages. His first marriage ended in separation after ten years, but to avoid giving up half his assets he never divorced. After realizing he had become a comic figure for his many relationships with younger women, and possibly to spite one of them by not legitimizing their two children, he married again in 1961. Both the biography links below cover the various periods of his work well, he had been a very prolific artist until shortly before his death with some 50,000 works including at least 1,885 paintings, 1,228 sculptures, 2,880 ceramic pieces, 12,000 drawings, and numerous prints and tapestries. At least two pieces have sold for over a hundred million dollars and he is the most stolen artist, with 550 works listed in the Art Loss Register. He died at the dinner table while entertaining friends at Notre-dame-de-vie, one of several large villas he owned.

Biography from Wikipedia and Art History Archive

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