"When I was a child, my mother said to me, 'If you become a soldier, you'll be a general. If you become a monk, you'll end up as the Pope.' Instead, I became a painter and wound up as Picasso." - Pablo Picasso
Pablo Picasso (1881 - 1973) was a Spanish expatriate painter, sculptor, print maker, ceramicist, and stage designer who was considered one of the greatest and most influential artists of the 20th century and the co-creator of Cubism.
Considered radical in his work, Picasso continues to garner reverence for his technical mastery, visionary creativity and profound empathy. Together, these qualities have distinguished the Spaniard as a revolutionary artist.
For nearly 80 of his 91 years, Picasso devoted himself to an artistic production that he superstitiously believed would keep him alive, contributing significantly to — and paralleling the entire development of — modern art in the 20th century.