Most Famous Pablo Picasso Artworks
Pablo Ruiz Picasso was a Spanish artist and is regarded as the most important figure of the 20th century in terms of art. He was born in Malaga, Spain in 1881. His work was influenced by many styles from the blue period, the red period, the African period to cubism, surrealism, realism and expressionism.
He is known for his involvement in cubism (early-20th-century art movement), invention of constructed sculpture, co-invention of collage that revolutionized European painting. In his long career, he worked around 1900 paintings and most of them were auctioned and sold at very high prices.
Guernica is an oil painting on canvas and is regarded as one of the most powerful anti-war paintings in history. This painting was an immediate reaction to the bombing of Guernica (a small town in Spain) by Nazi Germany during Spanish civil war. Of all the paintings by Picasso, this one is considered as the best.
Les Demoiselles d’Avignon (1907)
One more masterpiece which was a radical break from traditional European painting. Les Demoiselles d’Avignon is an oil painting depicts five naked female prostitutes from a brothel on Avignon street in Barcelona. This painting was responsible for the development of cubism and modern art.
Nude, Green Leaves and Bust (1932)
This painting featuring his mistress and muse Marie-Thérèse Walter. The painting is the most intense among the group of large nudes, counterpointing the real head with a sculpted head, and the folds of a body with a philodendron plant. This painting was sold at Christie’s in New York City in the year 2010 at a whopping price of $ 106.5 million.
The Old Guitarist (1903)
This oil painting was created by Picasso in his blue period (1901 – 1904). His poverty and the suicide death of his close friend Carlos Casagemas inspired him to paint The Old Guitarist. This great painting depicts an old haggard man hunched over his guitar in the streets of Barcelona. The painting is currently on display at Art Institute of Chicago.
The Weeping Woman (1937)
This painting is the thematic continuation of a woman weeping with her dead child in her hands from the epic painting Guernica. He created a number of portraits based on this theme. The model in the painting was Dora Maar who was his mistress. This oil on canvas painting is currently located at Tate Modern, London.