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7 Things You Need To Know About Picasso

Visit Tate Modern as it celebrates one of the world’s greatest artists, says Emma Levine

Emma Levine

This summer, Tate Modern is honouring the great artist Picasso, and one significant year, in The EY Exhibition: Picasso 1932 – Love, Fame, Tragedy. But how did his childhood, parents and politics affect his work?

1 CHILD PRODIGY

While most babies’ first words are ‘dada’ or ‘mama’, the Malaga-born Picasso’s was ‘pencil’, or ‘piz’, in Spanish. A prophecy? It’s possible, but more likely because his father José Ruiz Blasco was an artist. A child prodigy, Picasso created his first painting, Le Picador, at the age of eight, and as a young teenager he was producing paintings that would merit being exhibited in any major gallery. At 13, Picasso enrolled and quickly shone at the Barcelona art school – where his father taught – yet he left three years later because he was ‘bored’.

2 A WAY WITH WOMEN

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August 2018