Understanding Pablo Picasso Famous Paintings

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There are many Pablo Picasso famous paintings, and this is not a surprise since all Pablo Picasso paintings created by this world-renowned artist in his lifetime, are more than 13,000. When you visit Barcelona, you will have the opportunity to see many of these works at the Picasso Museum.

It's one of the city's top attractions and we highly recommend this destination to all tourists visiting the city. Conveniently located in the Gothic Quarter, this museum will enlighten and educate you about the work of this amazingly talented individual.

Pablo Picasso Famous Paintings - Guernica, 1937

Guernica, 1937

Guernica is One of the Most Famous Pablo Picasso Paintings

What is Pablo Picasso's most famous painting? Picasso enjoyed great fame and fortune in his lifetime, and it was clearly well deserved due to the shocking amount of wildly innovative and influential Pablo Picasso art that exists in museums, galleries and private collections around the world. Today, Picasso remains one of the world's best known artists.

When people think of famous Pablo Picasso art, the first piece that comes to mind is Guernica. Many experts would agree that this is likely his most famous piece. Created in 1937, this work deals with the bombing of Guernica that took place in the Spanish Civil War.

Let's take a quick look at some of the various famous paintings types of work Picasso created and what you will see at the Picasso Museum.

Pablo Picasso Famous Paintings - Helpless, Mother and Child - Blue Period, 1903

Helpless, Mother and Child - Blue Period, 1903

Periods of Pablo Picasso Art

Art Historians have identified various unique periods that Picasso went through during his lifetime. It is very interesting to trace the progression of his style and how historical events taking place around him influenced his art. During each of the major periods, there were standout examples of Pablo Picasso famous paintings that we can point to.

For example, during the Pablo Picasso Blue Period (1901-1904), the artist painted La Vie, The Old Guitarist, and The Blindman's Meal.

Next, came the Rose Period (1905-1907), where Picasso's style became more cheerful and tended to feature circus performers. The harlequin appeared in much of the Pablo Picasso famous art that was created during this time. Following the Rose Period, was the African Influenced Period (1908-1909).

One of the most interesting famous paintings created during this period is Les Demoiselles d'Avignon. This period led right into Cubism and, in fact, many people consider Les Demoiselles d'Avignon to be Picasso's first cubist work.

Pablo Picasso Famous Paintings - Still Life with Chair Caning, 1911-1912 (Synthetic Cubism)

Still Life with Chair Caning, 1911-1912 (Synthetic Cubism)

Pablo Picasso Cubism

Pablo Picasso Cubism is divided into two periods. The first is Analytic Cubism, which took place from 1909 to 1912. During this time, Picasso tended to use more monochromatic colors and objects were analyzed and broken down by their shapes.

The Synthetic Cubism period followed from 1912 to 1919. This type of Pablo Picasso Cubism tended to emphasize collage. New and innovative images were created out of fragments of paper. Examples of Synthetic Cubism paintings include The Guitar and Still Life with Chair Caning.

Pablo Picasso Famous Paintings - Two Women Running on the Beach, 1922

Two Women Running on the Beach, 1922

Classicism and Surrealist Periods

After World War 1, Pablo Picasso art became more classical and had tones similar to what you would see in ancient works by Raphael. The time period between 1919 and 1936 is identified as the Classicism and Surrealism period.

The minotaur began appearing quite often. Some of his famous paintings include Women Running on the Beach, The Pipes of Pan and The Lovers.

Pablo Picasso Famous Paintings - Skull and Pitcher, 1945

Skull and Pitcher, 1945

Pablo Picasso Art During War Time

During World War 2, Picasso was living in Paris. As a result, much of his work created between 1937 and 1945 reflects the horror of war. He still brought over influences from the Classicism and Surrealist Periods, such as the minotaur seen in Guernica, which is one of the most famous paintings of Picasso.

Pablo Picasso art was actually restricted by the Nazi's and he was prohibited from showing his work in France. An example of his famous paintings created during this time is The Dream and Skull and Pitcher.

At the museum in Barcelona, you will also find other Picasso abstract art paintings worth to see.

Pablo Picasso Famous Paintings - Las Meninas, 1957

Las Meninas, 1957

The Later Works

The art created after 1946 are considered to fall into Picasso's "Later Works" period. His works started to have more color and become extremely expressive.

On some occasions, his paintings were based on the ideas of other masters such as Goya and Velazquez. Some of the Picasso's famous paintings created during this time period include Las Meninas and the Kiss.

If you want to find more information about Pablo Picasso artwork, read the section “Picasso Art.” Also, to know more about who was Picasso, his life, and facts, read the article “Pablo Picasso Biography.”

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Visiting the Picasso Museum

When you visit the Picasso Museum in Barcelona, you will see the world's best collections of Picasso's early works up to and including the Pablo Picasso Blue Period.

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