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All things Picasso (with a dash of Cubism).
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Introduction to Picasso (1881-1973)

Who was Pablo Picasso?

He was a painter, sculptor, lover, revolutionary. He is one of the most famous artists of the 20th Century -- everyone knows his work. His example is emulated by aspiring artists the world over.

But what was up with the man?

In this guide, you'll find a quick list of references to books about his life, his influences, the places he visited, the worlds he created. You'll also find more information about Cubism, a school of art he helped establish, which spawned a whole new way of looking at the world and time itself. You'll be introduced to his best-known works, some of his friends, and to some important resources both in and outside the Library.

A photo of Pablo Picasso, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

More importantly, though, this guide will help you find ways to gain a deeper understanding of the man himself and answer questions like:

  • What did he do?
  • What were the factors that drove him to create the art he did?
  • Why is his art so funny-looking?
  • Who were the key people in his life?
  • Why is he so important?

Although this LibGuide does not offer information directly about Picasso himself (I am not a Picasso scholar, alas -- would that I had the time), it will still help point you in the right direction -- or directions.


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