Pablo Picasso is one of the most influential artists of the 20th century. His work spans a wide range of styles, from Cubism to Surrealism, and his output is staggering in its volume and diversity. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Picasso's work has been divided into a series of overlapping periods, each with its own distinct characteristics.
The first period, known as the Blue Period, began in 1901 and lasted for four years. During this time, Picasso's work was characterized by somber tones and a focus on poverty and despair. The following years saw Picasso experiment with a variety of different styles, including Primitivism and Cubism. By the early 1920s, he had settled on a more classical approach, characterized by order and balance.
This period came to an end with the outbreak of World War II, after which Picasso returned to his earlier style of expressive abstraction. In all, Picasso produced more than 50,000 paintings, drawings, engravings, sculptures, and ceramics over the course of his 80-year career.
His work continues to be hugely influential in the world of art today.
Pablo Picasso (1881 - 1973)
Faune et Vieux (Le Vieux Boffon), 1963, (35/50)
linocut on colors
25.20 x 20.90 in
Available at Burgess Modern + Contemporary