Your visual guide to Pablo Picasso
Pablo Picasso has been exceptionally prolific throughout his lifetime by producing an estimated 50,000 total number of artworks including 1,885 paintings; 1,228 sculptures; 2,880 ceramics, approximately 12,000 drawings, several thousands of prints, and many tapestries and rugs.
Pablo Picasso - The Artist, the painter, the sculptor and the man
Picasso painted mostly from imagination or memory.
The art critic Arthur Danto said Picasso's work constitutes a "vast pictorial autobiography” which gives some basis to the common idea that "Picasso invented a new style each time he fell in love with a new woman”.
Pablo Picasso - The tireless painter who experimented with oils, gouaches, pastels, sand - Works on canvas
The autobiographical nature of Picasso's art is reinforced by his habit of dating his works, often to the day.
"I want to leave to posterity a documentation that will be as complete as possible. That's why I put a date on everything I do”
Pablo Picasso - Drawings, sketches, etchings, pastels - Works on paper
In the last years of his life, painting became an obsession with Picasso, and he would date each picture with absolute precision trying to crystallize individual moments of time.
Pablo Picasso worked up until the day he died at age 91; literally painting till 3 am on Sunday, April 8th 1973, which was just hours before his death.
Pablo Picasso - Ceramics, metals, gold, wood, paper: the eclectic sculptor who used noble and humble materials to express his genius
Painting is just another way of keeping a diary