Pablo Picasso

Pablo Ruiz y Picasso was born in Malaga, Spain, October 25, 1881. He was the most influential and successful artist of the 20th century. Painting, sculpture, graphic art, and ceramics were all profoundly and irrevocably affected by his genius.
Picasso was the son of a professor of art. This helped him get started with arts. His talent for drawing was recognized at an early age. As an advanced student at the Barcelona Academy for Fine Arts at the age of 14, Picasso experimented with many different styles of art. This early start led to bigger and better things as he got older.
In the year of 1897, Picasso put on his first exibition of art at the cafe, Quatre Gats\' in Barcelona. This was just the beginning of exibitions for Picasso. Also in the year 1897, Picasso went and studied at the Royal Academy of San Fernando in Madrid.
He gained alot of needed experience and also found some role models to go by. The two main people that influenced him were Henri de Toulouse-Latrec and Paul Cezanne. They influenced Picasso\'s "blue period" of paintings. In the year 1901, Picasso\'s blue painting era started. That era ended in the middle of 1904. Blue was the dominate color in his paintings. During those years he moved back and forth between Barcelona and Paris. He often visited the Women\'s Prison of Saint-Lazare in Paris which provided him with free models and compelling subject matter. The blue in this period is lonely and destitute.
In the late part of the year in 1904 he began his "rose period". Picasso replaced tones of the blue period with those of pottery, of flesh, and of the earth. These colors were mostly pinks and greys.
Picasso later died on April 8, 1973 in Mougins, France. This was after many many great years of art and he is still recognized as the most influential and successful artist of the 20th century.
The one weird thing that I found out about Picasso that sort of amazed me, is the fact that he used prison women to give him ideas for his paintings. I just find this sort of weird but if that is what he wanted to do then so be it.