Pablo Picasso

Born: October 25, 1881, Spain | Successful For: Artistic Legend | Zodiac Sign: Scorpio

Pablo Picasso


What Made Picasso Famous:

Pablo Picasso Pursued Passion, He Perfected His Talent & Had A Personal Mentor:

Pablo Picasso showed interest for the arts very early as a child and according to his mother, his first word spoken was “piz” which is translated as ‘pencil’. He was very fortunate his father was also an artist as well as a professor and museum curator. His father would go on to mold and teach his son the in’s and out’s at age seven. Picasso would soon, by age 9, finish his first of many paintings. Then came a tougher lesson of life; a traumatising incident involving his sister dying of diphtheria. The family left to Barcelona for a new start. His father was hired for a Fine Arts position at one of the schools and Pablo was enrolled as a student there. A few years later Pablo finished his first major painting. Soon after, his father witnessed him sketching a pigeon, to which he felt his son had surpassed him and decided to give up on painting. His father played an integral role and made a selfless move to help build his son. Next, his father rented a room close by home where Picasso would work alone and he could come visit his son accessibly. He would also be a big critique of his son’s work and the two would argue about their respective opinions consistently. Fast forward, Picasso would go on to become one of the greatest ever as he pursued the arts his entire life from start to finish, all the way up to his death. Picasso had a massive burning desire for painting and art itself, and he was always on the prowl for perfecting and mastering his craft. He confidently reflected on his career once saying “When I was a child, my mother said to me, ‘If you become a soldier, you’ll be a general. If you become a monk you’ll end up as the pope,'” he later recalled. “Instead, I became a painter and wound up as Picasso.”


Picasso Overcame, Changed, Evolved And Was A True Non-Conformist:

When Picasso was born, he was extremely tiny, to the point the nurse thought he was stillborn, and left him sitting on a table as she went to attend his mother. Thankfully, his uncle saved him from an early death. In school, he was not a good student, was not a fan of the academics and he was always in detention. Although his classmates were 5 or 6 years older, he was very bright in his artistic ways as opposed to following rules or being told what to do. Pablo did not conform well, and it wasn’t necessarily a bad thing. “For being a bad student I was banished to the ‘calaboose’ – a bare cell with whitewashed walls and a bench to sit on. I liked it there, because I took along a sketch pad and drew incessantly … I could have stayed there forever drawing without stopping”. In his later years of school, he would again oppose the strict rules and formalities as he began to skip classes to wander the streets of Barcelona. This would give him the opportunity to practice more art as he would sketch the streets which he observed – everything from the gypsies, beggars and prostitutes. He believes “Inspiration exists, but it has to find us working.” He would also attend the Royal Academy of San Fernado where he was again frustrated with the school’s focus on traditional subjects. Pablo Picasso would find a group of artists and intellectuals who would meet at a local café. He would meet with several anarchists and radicals who influenced his career forever. Rather than follow traditional paths that he learned in his formal training, Pablo began to create his own routes, as he would venture on a lifelong journey of experimenting and innovating new methods. “Others have seen what is asked why. I have seen what could be and asked why not.” During Pablo Picasso’s late years, he believed that doing artistic work would help keep him alive, and continued his busy schedule, right till the end.

Pablo Picasso Believed In Himself & Trusted His Intuitive Nudges:

He was not about the old and the way things were, Pablo Picasso was always delighted by the possibility of doing something new and revolutionary! His belief system of knowing he had greatness within is what propelled his reality to become his visions. He once stated “Our goals can only be reached through a vehicle of a plan, in which we must fervently believe, and upon which we must vigorously act. There is no other route to success. Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone.” Picasso was revolutionary because of his unorthodox methods of flowing with how he felt intrinsically and not following popularity or trends and how he was able to reinvent himself. During his infamous ‘Blue period’, he was utilising the color in all his paintings and did scenes of poverty and isolation as it was a representation of the depression and loneliness he was feeling after he lost a close friend. Then came the “Rose period” which was more warmer themes followed by the “classical period” where he became more inspired with philosophical movements such as Surrealism. Picasso even went on to invent his own artistic concept of “Cubism”. He had such a gift for following his instincts and he wasn’t afraid to be bold. “Whenever I wanted to say something, I said it the way I believed I should. Different themes inevitably require different methods of expression. This does not imply either evolution or progress; it is a matter of following the idea one wants to express and the way in which one wants to express it.”

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“Action is the foundational key to all success.”

– Quote by Pablo Picasso



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