Picasso was born into a middle class family. His parents Don José Ruiz y Blasco and María Picasso y López, embraced his artistic abilities from a very young age, probably due to the fact his father was a painter who in naturalistic depictions of birds and other wildlife. Most Picasso’s father’s life, he was a professor of art at the School of Crafts and a curator of a local museum. From birth, Picasso was inspired to draw but starting at age seven he started to receive formal art training from his father. It is rumored Picasso could draw even before he could speak and when he did speak the first word spoken by Picasso according to his mother was piz, piz which is the truncated version of the Spanish word for pencil. Early off in his ...
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...Period, sorrow flowed through Picasso’s paintings. At this time Picasso also focused on the circus and harlequin, prostitutes, beggars and drunks as subjects in many of his Blue Period paintings. The predominant color during this period was a melancholy arrangement of blues. These paintings are somber renderings in monochromatic shades of blue and blue-green. Picasso’s Blue Period was influenced by a trip through Spain and by the suicide of his great friend Carlos Casagemas. At this time Picasso was very poor from leaving the security of his family and was living a lowly lifestyle. In 1909 he painted several postmortem portraits of Casagemas, leading to Picasso painting “La Vie”, 1903 which is now in the Cleveland Museum of Art. From the Blue Period some of Picasso’s most famous paintings are "Harleqins family" 1906, “The Blue Room” 1901 and “The Old Guitarist” 1903.
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