Pablo Picasso was never called an asshole, or so Jonathan Richman would have us believe. It’s a tough claim to validate or refute. Picasso was a playboy and celebrity, roles that visual artists rarely get to play. While he may be known for money, women, and fame, none of this would have been possible without his art.
Born in Spain in 1881, Picasso was a child prodigy. At a young age, he already showed mastery as an artist, having a reputation as being able to recreate any artist’s style flawlessly while just an art school student.
In 1900, Picasso began painting images of prostitutes, vagrants, and clowns all in a blue shade. This blue period grew as an extension of Picasso’s own depression as a way to expunge his internal feelings in a therapeutic manner, one which happened to create a small mountain of masterpieces in the process.
In 1904, Picasso moved to Paris and began what is known as his rose period, marked by brightly colored paintings, often with a pink tone. During this time, he met Gertrude Stein who became his biggest patron.
Picasso’s biggest contribution to the world of art began in 1907 when he, alongside Georges Braque, started to develop a new style of art known as Cubism. Braque has famously said of Picasso’s paintings that they seem like Picasso “wanted us to drink gasoline and eat fire.” In a few short years, cubism had transformed avant garde art all over the world.
It wasn’t until decades later in life that the prolific artist created what may be his most famous work, the painting Guernica, which depicts the bombing of a Basque village during the Spanish Civil War. The piece has been called the most powerful political painting of the 20th century.
Picasso continued working until his death in 1973, always expanding his mastery of different styles, whether it be surrealism, neo-classical, or even pottery. In his lifetime, Pablo Picasso singlehandedly transformed the world of 20th century art through his inventive work.
Truly one of the most famous artists of the 20th century, Picasso’s legacy lives on today through his influence, the art he left behind, and even tattoos. Getting a Picasso tattoo seems like a safe bet. After all, who could criticize you for walking around with a certifiable masterpiece? Here are some amazing tattoos of his work.
These beautiful reproductions of the works of Picasso as tattoos serve as yet another way in which his legacy lives on. Truly, a Picasso tattoo is work of art.