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About the WorkSpanish painter Pablo Picasso was one of the greatest and most influential artists of the 20th century, as well as the co-creator of Cubism. “Picasso at the Fountain of Canaletas (347 Series, B.1561)” is a hand-signed etching. The image size is 16.25 x 19.5 – inches.
The 347 Series are among the last hand-signed etchings and engravings Picasso ever created, with each of the original plates etched or engraved by the hand of Picasso alone. In just seven months, Pablo Picasso engaged in a historical battle against the wave of conceptual andtheoretical “art” that was the rage in avant-garde circles in the late 1960s.
He rejected the notions of “anyone can be an artist, and anything can be art,” which was the rallying cry of the conceptualists. Picasso resisted not through words, but through herculean creativity that pointed the way back to aesthetic beauty, technical brilliance, and the narrative of art history: the building blocks of his life and art.
Before the age of 50, the Spanish born artist had become the most well-known name in modern art, with the most distinct style and eye for artistic creation. There had been no other artists, before Picasso, who had such an impact on the art world, or had a mass following of fans and critics alike, as he did.
Pablo Picasso remains renowned for endlessly reinventing himself, switching between styles so radically different that his life's work seems to be the product of fmultiple great artists rather than just one.
About the Artist
Pablo Ruiz Picasso was born on October 26, 1881, in Malaga, Spain. His father was a professor in the School of Arts and Crafts and often took him to bullfights which would influence much of his art throughout his career. It is said that Picasso learned to draw before he could speak. Picasso studied the works and styles of many Spanish artists including Francisco Goya, El Greco, and Diego Velázquez. At the beginning of the 1900s, Picasso moved to Paris, France to open his own studio. He was lonely and depressed after the death of a close friend, which ignited what is now known as his “Blue Period”. A few years later, Picasso started the “Rose Period”, which introduced warmer colors to his works. Picasso is commonly known as the pioneer of Cubism, in which objects are broken apart and reassembled in an abstracted form; it is destructive and creative. Cubism shocked, appalled and fascinated the art world.