Pablo Picasso: 20th Century Genius

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Pablo Picasso- 20th Century GeniusThe author's nomination for the 20th Century Genius Award proudly goes to Pablo Picasso. Pablo Picasso was probably the most famous artist of the twentieth century. An Unknown author stated that, "Picasso changed the meaning of art in so many ways, while showing that he had enormous skill, dedication and a little bit of craziness. His life spans many different perspectives in art, and his artistic timeline stretches, bends, twists, and even breaks in some points. From the Blue period, to sketches, to pure abstraction, this master of art was always able to get his point across; and quite wonderfully too."Born in Málaga on October 25, 1881, Picasso was the son of José Ruiz Blasco, an art teacher, and María Picasso y Lopez. Until 1898 he always used his father's name, Ruiz, and his mother's maiden name, Picasso, to sign his pictures. After about 1901 he dropped "Ruiz" and used his mother's maiden name to sign his pictures.

Picasso was given an unusual name, Pablo Diego José Francisco de Paula Juan Nepomuceno María de los Remedios Cipriano de la Santísima Trinidad Martyr Patricio Clito Ruiz y Picasso.

First famous for his role in Cubism, Picasso continued to develop his art with a pace and vitality comparable to the fast moving technological and cultural changes of the twentieth century. Each change Picasso embarked on was a radical new idea.

Picasso, a Spanish artist and sculptor, was generally considered the greatest artist of the 20th century. Picasso's genius manifested itself early: at the age of 10 he made his first paintings, and at 15 he performed brilliantly on the entrance examinations to Barcelona's School of Fine Arts.

In 1904 Picasso moved to Paris. He found the city's bohemian street life fascinating, and his pictures of people in dance...