Pablo Picasso (1881-1973)

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Pablo Picasso Gallery of Paintings by Period

Pablo Picasso was a prolific artist. Below is a gallery of selected works chosen to represent the different periods that influenced his style.

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Picasso, Self-Portrait, 1896

Self-Portrait, 1896

Pre-1901 Pablo Picasso Art

Picasso's training under his father began before 1890. His progress can be traced in the collection of early works now held by the Museu Picasso in Barcelona. During 1893 the juvenile quality of his earliest work falls away, and by 1894 his career as a painter can be said to have begun. The academic realism apparent in the works of the mid-1890s is well displayed in The First Communion (1896), a large composition that depicts his sister, Lola.

Picasso, Self-Portrait 1901

Self Portait 1901

Picasso, The First Communion, 1895-1896

The First Communion, 1895-1896

Picasso, Portrait of the Artists Mother, 1896

Portrait of the Artists Mother, 1896

Picasso, Matador Luis Miguel Dominguin, 1897

Matador Luis Miguel Dominguin, 1897

Blue Period, Pablo Picasso Art

Picasso's Blue Period (1901-1904) consists of somber paintings rendered in shades of blue and blue-green, only occasionally warmed by other colors.

Picasso, Woman with Chignon, 1901

Woman with Chignon, 1901

Picasso, Woman with a Cigarette, 1901

Woman with a Cigarette, 1901

Picasso, Woman with Arms Crossed, 1902

Woman with Arms Crossed, 1902

Picasso, Breakfast of a Blind Man, 1903

Breakfast of a Blind Man, 1903

Picasso, Life, 1903

Life, 1903

Pablo Picasso painting, The Tragedy, 1903

The Tragedy, 1903

Picasso, The Old Guitarist, 1903

The Old Guitarist, 1903

Rose Period, Pablo Picasso Art

The Rose Period (1904-1906) is characterized by a more cheery style with orange and pink colors, and featuring many acrobats and harlequins. The harlequin, a comedic character usually depicted in checkered patterned clothing, became a personal symbol for Picasso. Picasso met Fernande Olivier, a model for sculptors and artists, in Paris in 1904, and many of these paintings are influenced by his warm relationship with her, in addition to his increased exposure to French painting.

Picasso, Harlequin with a Glass, 1905

Harlequin with a Glass, 1905

Picasso, Harlequin Sitting on a Red Couch, 1905

Harlequin Sitting on a Red Couch, 1905

Picasso, Tumblers, Mother and Son, 1905

Tumblers, Mother and Son, 1905

Picasso, Acrobat and a Young Harlequin, 1905

Acrobat and a Young Harlequin, 1905

Picasso, Lady with a Fan, 1905

Lady with a Fan, 1905

Picasso, Young Girl with a Goat 1906

Young Girl with a Goat 1906

Picasso, Hairdressing, 1906

Hairdressing, 1906

Picasso, Self-Portrait with Palette, 1906

Self-Portrait with Palette, 1906

Picasso, Portrait of Gertrude Stein, 1906

Portrait of Gertrude Stein, 1906

Pablo Picasso's African-influenced Period of Art

Picasso's African-influenced Period (1907-1909) begins with the two figures on the right in his painting, Les Demoiselles d'Avignon, which were inspired by African artifacts. Formal ideas developed during this period lead directly into the Cubist period that follows.

Picasso, Les Desmoiselles d'Avignon, 1907

Les Desmoiselles d'Avignon, 1907

Picasso, Self-Portrait 1907

Self Portait 1907

Picasso, Composition with a Skull, 1907

Composition with a Skull, 1907

Picasso, Head of a Woman 1907

Head of a Woman 1907

Picasso, Woman Seated 1908

Woman Seated 1908

Picasso, Friendship 1908

Friendship 1908

Picasso, Woman with a Fan 1908

Woman with a Fan 1908

Picasso, Portrait of Fernarde 1909

Portrait of Fernarde 1909

Picasso, Nude 1909

Nude 1909

Picasso, Factory in Horta de Ebbo 1909

Factory in Horta de Ebbo 1909

Pablo Picasso Analytic Cubism Period of Art

Analytic cubism (1909-1912) is a style of painting Picasso developed along with Georges Braque using monochrome brownish and neutral colors. Both artists took apart objects and "analyzed" them in terms of their shapes. Picasso and Braque's paintings at this time have many similarities. Synthetic cubism (19121919) was a further development of the genre, in which cut paper fragmentsñoften wallpaper or portions of newspaper pagesñwere pasted into compositions, marking the first use of collage in fine art.

Picasso, Portrait of Amboise Vollard, 1910

Portrait of Amboise Vollard, 1910

Picasso, Still Life with Chair Canning, 1911-1912

Still Life with Chair Canning, 1911-1912

Picasso, Nude, I Love Eva, 1912

Nude, I Love Eva, 1912

Picasso, Guitar 1913

Guitar 1913

Picasso, Fruit Vase and Bunch of Grapes, 1914

Fruit Vase and Bunch of Grapes, 1914

Picasso, Harlequin 1915

Harlequin 1915

Picasso, Portrait of Olga in an Armchair 1917

Portrait of Olga in an Armchair 1917

Picasso, The Bathers 1918

The Bathers 1918

Picasso, Pierrot 1918

Pierrot 1918

Classicism and surrealism Period of Picasso Art

In the period following the upheaval of World War I, Picasso produced work in a neoclassical style. This "return to order" is evident in the work of many European artists in the 1920s, including André Derain, Giorgio de Chirico, and the artists of the New Objectivity movement. Picasso's paintings and drawings from this period frequently recall the work of Ingres.

Picasso, Still Life with Pitcher and Apples 1919

Still Life with Pitcher and Apples 1919

Picasso, Group of Dancers, 1919-1920

Group of Dancers, 1919-1920

Picasso, Reading of Letter, 1921

Reading of Letter, 1921

Picasso, Three Musicians, 1921

Three Musicians, 1921

Picasso, Mother and Child, 1921-1922

Mother and Child, 1921-1922

Picasso, Women Running on the Beach, 1922

Women Running on the Beach, 1922

Picasso, The Lovers 1923

The Lovers 1923

Picasso, Olga Koklova, Portrait of Picasso's first wife, 1923

Portrait of Olga Koklova, Picasso's first wife, 1923

Picasso, Paulo, Picasso's Son, As Harlequin, 1924

Paulo, Picasso's Son, As Harlequin, 1924

Picasso, Three Dancers 1925

Three Dancers 1925

Picasso, The Three Graces, 1925

The Three Graces, 1925

Picasso, Nude in an Armchair, 1929

Nude in an Armchair, 1929

Picasso, Nude on a Beach, 1929

Nude on a Beach, 1929

Picasso, Nude and Still Life, 1931

Nude and Still Life, 1931

Picasso, Woman with a Flower, 1932

Woman with a Flower, 1932

Picasso, Girl Before a Mirror, 1932

Girl Before a Mirror, 1932

Picasso, Marie-Therese Walter, 1937

Marie-Therese Walter, 1937

Picasso, Nusch Eluard, 1937

Nusch Eluard, 1937

Picasso, Minotaur and his Wife, 1937

Minotaur and his Wife, 1937

Picasso, Dora Maar, 1937

Dora Maar, 1937

Picasso, Guernica, 1937

Guernica, 1937

Picasso, Girl with a Boat, 1938

Girl with a Boat, 1938

Picasso, Portrait of a Young Girl, 1938

Pablo Picasso painting, Portrait of a Young Girl, 1938

Picasso, Wounded Bird and Cat, 1938

Wounded Bird and Cat, 1938

Picasso, Night Fishing in Antibes, 1939

Night Fishing in Antibes, 1939

Picasso, The Charnel House, 1944-1945

The Charnel House, 1944-1945

Picasso, Still Life 1945

Still Life 1945

Picasso, The Bull, state II 1945

The Bull, state II 1945

Picasso, The Bull, state X, 1945

The Bull, state X, 1945

Picasso, Portrait of Francoise, 1946

Portrait of Francoise, 1946

Picasso, Paloma and Claude, Picasso's Children, 1950

Paloma and Claude, Picasso's Children, 1950

Picasso, Jacqueline with Crossed Hands, 1954

Jacqueline with Crossed Hands, 1954

Picasso, Paloma Picasso, 1956

Paloma Picasso, 1956

Picasso, Luncheon on the Grass, after Manet, 1961

Luncheon on the Grass, after Manet, 1961

Later Works of Art by Pablo Picasso

Picasso's final works were a mixture of styles, his means of expression in constant flux until the end of his life. Devoting his full energies to his work, Picasso became more daring, his works more colorful and expressive, and from 1968 through 1971 he produced a torrent of paintings and hundreds of copperplate etchings. At the time these works were dismissed by most as pornographic fantasies of an impotent old man or the slapdash works of an artist who was past his prime. Only later, after Picasso's death, when the rest of the art world had moved on from abstract expressionism, did the critical community come to see that Picasso had already discovered neo-expressionism and was, as so often before, ahead of his time.

Picasso, Cavalier with Pipe, 1968

Cavalier with Pipe, 1968

Picasso, Nude Woman with Necklace, 1968

Nude Woman with Necklace, 1968

Picasso, The Kiss, 1969

The Kiss, 1969

Picasso, Portrait of Man in Hat, 1971

Portrait of Man in Hat, 1971

Picasso, Self-Portrait 1972

Self-Portrait 1972

Sculptures by Pablo Picasso

Picasso, Sculpture in Chicago

Sculpture in Chicago

Picasso, Sculpture in Halmstad

Sculpture in Halmstad

Pablo Picasso sculpture, Bust of a Woman, 1932

Bust of a Woman, 1932

Pablo Picasso sculpture, Cock, 1932

Cock, 1932

Pablo Picasso sculpture, Baboon and Young in bronze, 1951

Baboon and Young in bronze, 1951

Pablo Picasso sculpture, Bronze Cubist Bust

Bronze Cubist Bust

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