As of 2015, Pablo Picasso remains the number one artist of all time and the price of his artworks have increased 208% since the year 2000. A solid investment, the works of this prolific artist continue to resonate with audiences because, by developing his own style, he changed the course of what was considered fine art. His most recognized works are Le Demoiselle D’Avignon, La Reve and Guernica, which depicts the ravages of the Spanish Civil War. Listed below you will find a few of the Master’s artworks that we have available for sale, however we carry many original works including paintings and drawings which are not listed on the website. Contact us directly for our current list of available Picasso works.
Pablo Picasso is perhaps one of the most recognized artists of the 20th century based on his prolific career in the arts which included painting, drawing, sculpting, stage-designing, printmaking and poetry. Born in Malaga Spain in 1881, Picasso was perhaps destined to be in the arts as his father Don Jose Ruiz y Blasco was an accomplished artist and curator himself, teaching Pablo the skills of classical figure drawing and oil painting by the young age of seven. By sixteen years old, Pablo Picasso was attending the Royal Academy of San Fernando in Madrid, though he found most inspiration came from visiting the Prado Museum where masterworks by Spaniards such as Goya, Velazquez, Zurbaran and El Greco would inspire his artworks for the rest of his life. Preferring a life outside of the classroom, Picasso surrounded himself by other artistic types, branching out to discover the world on his own.
By 1894 it is said that Pablo Picasso’s unique painting style begin to emerge and his academic realism reached a pinnacle with works such as The First Communion (1896) a large painting depicting his sister and Portrait of Aunt Pepa, which has been considered by some as one of the greatest artists in the history of Spanish painting.
Over the course of his life, Pablo Picasso’s style morphed into what has now been called the “Periods” of the artist’s life, recognized by similar veins that run throughout his works of the time. Those periods categorize the artworks and are commonly referred to as: The Modernist Period (1899-1900), The Blue Period (1901–1904), The Rose Period (1904–1906), The African-Influenced Period (1907–1909), Analytical Cubism (1909–1912), and Synthetic Cubism (1912–1919). Additionally, Picasso dated his works, often to the day, with the intention of leaving a complete documentation to the works he created.
Pablo Picasso was an extremely prolific artist, creating an estimated 50,000 works of art throughout his long career. The medium in which Picasso made his greatest artist contribution was painting, relying heavily on his drawing skills to create forms and volumes while utilizing color as an expressive element. He occasionally added sand to paint to add texture and oftentimes used crude house paint to create his art.
One of the pioneers of the Cubist Movement, Picasso often created works where objects were analyzed, broken and then reassembled. There were several viewpoints of the artworks instead of just one, creating an abstracted 3 dimensional feel. Cubism had a far-reaching impact which included art, literature, music and architecture and is often considered one of the most impactful art movements of the 20th Century.
The artist died on April 8th, 1973 in Mougins France at the age of ninety one. He had most of the artworks he had created in his possession at the time, as well as the works he had exchanged for his own of several other art contemporaries, including Henri Matisse. As Picasso left no will, a number of his artworks were given to France as part of his estate tax and they now include the bulk of the core of the Musee Picasso in Paris.
Picasso’s works grace the walls of Museums all over the world including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Cleveland Museum of Art, The Art Institute of Chicago, Tate Modern and Museo Picasso Malaga. The artworks that are considered some of his most respected and influential are Guernica (1937), depicting the ravages of the Spanish Civil War and Les Demoiselles d’Avignon (1907) which were inspired by African artifacts, becoming a catalyst for the famed Cubist movement. To date, the most expensive work by Picasso sold at auction through Christie’s was Women of Algiers which sold for $179.5 million in May 2015. Picasso remains to this day one of the most recognized and influential artists of the 20th century.