Celebrating Pablo Picasso’s 130th birthday, we’ll take a look at the masterpieces from different periods in his work.
Strongly adhering to his own principle that “to copy oneself is pathetic”, Picasso constantly experimented with styles, creating about 50,000 works that differed not only in style, but also type, technique and use of palette.
If you search for “who: Picasso”, which will narrow the search down to the works by the famous artist, and click on the Timeline icon, which will categorise items by dates, you’ll see that the earliest work by Picasso on Europeana is from 1894 – the year which is generally considered to be the beginning of his career as an artist.
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The next period, the Blue Period, between 1901 and 1904 was known for the melancholic works dominated by shades of blue and green-blue.
The Rose Period between 1904 and 1906 saw works that were more cheerful with predominantly pink and orange colours. One of the paintings of that period, The Boy with the Pipe, shattered the record for an auctioned painting, selling for $104 million in 2004.
Between 1909 and 1919, Picasso was experimenting with a new style, Cubism, he developed together with Georges Braque.
Many of his works in the 1930s are imbued with symbolism. For example, Woman in Front of the Sea painted in 1939. Its close resemblance to Woman with a Tambourine, which Picasso etched when he couldn’t go home for his mother’s funeral as Barcelona was under siege, suggests that the painting is also connected to this personal tragedy.
“Give me a museum and I’ll fill it”, Picasso said. See his many works on Europeana and have a look at “Similar content”, below the item’s details, to explore further.