“The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls.” - Pablo Picasso, Spanish Painter, Sculptor and Founder of the Cubist Art Movement
Today PASH honors the birthday of Spanish painter and sculptor Pablo Picasso, known for founding the Cubist art movement in the early 20th century. Picasso often changed his artistic style, and due to this his work if often categorized into periods that reflect these transitions, beginning with his Blue Period (1901–1904), the Rose Period (1904–1906) and then the African Period (1907–1909). As he developed as an artist, Picasso began forming and developing the cubist style of painting, portraying subjects using surreal geometric shapes. Critics often describe this era of Picasso’s career as the Analytic Cubism period (1909–1912), and later the Synthetic Cubism period (1912–1919). An extremely prolific artist, Picasso was one of the most commercially successful painters in history — some of his most famous works aside from his various self-portraits include “The Old Guitarist” (1904) and “The Weeping Woman” (1937).