Pablo Picasso: Cubism
Pablo Picasso was born in Malaga on the 25th of October, 1881. Malaga is a town in Andalusia, in the south of Spain and it is known as the capital of the Costa del Sol.
His father was also a painter and he painted mostly pigeons and still-lifes. Picasso was a brilliant student although he didn't like school. Picasso's work is divided into different periods. During the blue period his paintings were dominated by a blue palette signifying misery and despair and he painted beggars, blind people, himself, poor friends. The rose period shows a more cheery style where he used pink, orange and beige colours and during which he painted mainly circus people: clown, harlequins, saltimbanques...
But Picasso is probably best known by his work in the Cubism style. In cubist artworks, objects are broken up, analyzed and re-assembled in a abstracted form, the artist depicts the subject from a multitude of viewpoints as if the objects had all the faces visible at the same time. Cubist artists were also interested in the simplification of natural forms into geometric forms specially cylinders, spheres and cones.