6 Facts About Picasso You Probably Didn’t Know

pablo picassoPablo Picasso is known world-wide for his intriguing paintings..  Here are 10 fun facts about Picasso that you probably didn’t know:

1. Pablo Picasso wasn’t his real name.  Well, not his entire name, at least.  His whole name, all 23 words of it, is Pablo Diego José Francisco de Paula Juan Nepomuceno María de los Remedios Cipriano de la Santísima Trinidad Martyr Patricio Clito Ruíz y Picasso.  The names are all of various relatives and saints.  Apparently his parents didn’t want to leave anyone out.  No wonder he shortened it significantly.

2. The nurse at his birth thought he was stillborn.  Picasso was so still when he was born that he was thought to be dead by the nurse.  She placed him on a table and went to tend to his mother.  His uncle, a doctor, was smoking a cigar and blew smoke into Picasso’s face.  Little Picasso started grimacing, proving that he was indeed very alive.

3. Picasso was linked to theft of the Mona Lisa.  In 1911, the Mona Lisa was famously stolen from the Louvre museum.  One of Picasso’s friends was brought in for questioning and blamed Picasso as an accomplice.  After some questioning, police realized that Picasso had nothing to do with the theft and he was released.  Two years later, the portrait was found in the hands of a former guard from the museum and was returned to the Louvre.

4. Artistic pursuit ran in the family.  Picasso’s father was also an artist.  He painted mostly naturalist landscapes and birds, and taught art on the side.  It was said that the young Picasso surpassed his father artistically by the age of 13.  It happens that was the same age that Picasso was accepted to the School of Fine Arts in Barcelona after completing his entrance exam in only a week rather than the month of time given.

5. He wasn’t just a painter.  Although he is most famous for his paintings, Picasso tried a little bit of everything in the art world.  He wrote plays and poetry, designed rugs and stage scenery, and even tried his hand at printmaking.  All in all, it is estimated that Picasso created over 50,000 works of art.

6. The Chicago Picasso is a mystery.  Picasso created the street art, now called the Chicago Picasso by many, in 1967.  He donated it to the city and refused payment of any kind.  And if the sculpture was meant to represent something specific, we will never know.  Picasso took that secret to his grave.

Although Picasso had his secrets, he was very forthcoming with the idea of learning from other artists.  The Fine Art Studio of Rotblatt-Amrany uses this same idea when working with a variety of skilled artists.  We encourage you to visit our studio and see the latest creations by our many talented artists.