Disguised as the harlequin figure in “Three Musicians,” Pablo Picasso (1881 – 1973) shares his bohemian reverie with two poet friends and a dog. A groundbreaking craftsman who profoundly impacted 20th century art, Picasso painted “Three Musicians” in the jigsaw style of Synthetic Cubism that he co-founded. He was exceptionally prolific, creating 20,000 artworks in numerous mediums.
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.