Cubism co-founder Pablo Picasso (1881 – 1973) produced many bold and daring pieces as well as economical, eloquent line drawings such as “Dance of Youth.” His gentle renderings of children, animals, flowers and butterflies convey a poignant innocence and simplicity. A child prodigy, Picasso became one of the 20th century’s most influential and prolific artists with a catalog of more than 20,000 pieces.
Artistic genius Pablo Picasso (1881 – 1973) co-founded Cubism and produced a monumental 20,000 artworks during his 70-year career. Picasso’s torrential outpouring of work was so extensive and complex that art historians have divided it into individual periods. A prodigy in his youth, Picasso enrolled in advanced classes at Barcelona’s Royal Academy of Art at age 15. The strong geometric forms of his groundbreaking Cubist works redefined art as a medium that could digress from literal images of reality. Passionately creative in every genre from primitive art to sketches to Surrealism, Picasso profoundly impacted 20th century art.