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“El Entierro del Conde de Orgaz” is the title of a canvas by El Greco, which he painted for the church of San Tomé in Toledo around the year 1586. Picasso had admired El Greco since his youth. From 1955 on, the frequent visits of fellow Spaniards re-awakened Picasso’s memories of Spain. The prints depict fleshy women watched by a jealous cupid, a male who is ferocious and ready for violence, circus, theater, and family scenes, and the painter and his model.
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 multiple great artists rather than just one.
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.