“The Old Guitarist”, by Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) was one of the most famous artworks from his Blue Period, which was tragically triggered by a close friend’s suicide. Only 20 years old at the time, Picasso’s Blue period artworks are an astounding portrayal of complex emotions utilizing a limited palette of somber blues and greens. A twentieth century grand master, Picasso co-founded of cubism and created a prolific 20,000 paintings, prints, sculptures and drawings during his lifetime.
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.