Pablo Picasso's first word

According to legend, the young Pablo Picasso pronounced the very first word "piz" (for "lapiz"), which means pencil in Spanish. It is very likely, even if this story is a myth, that Picasso heard this word many times during his early childhood, since his father, José Ruíz y Blasco, is also a painter.

An interminable name

Picasso was christened Pablo Diego José Francisco de Paula Juan Nepomuceno María de los Remedios Cipriano de la Santísima Trinidad Martyr Patricio Clito Ruíz y Picasso. 23 words!
All these names are those of saints and relatives of the artist. Ruíz is his father's surname and Picasso is his mother's.

7 years old: the age of reason

At the age of only 7, Picasso painted his first work on the lid of a cake box. The Little Yellow Picador is still in the hands of his family. The artist never wanted to give it up.

A salty note

In his heyday, Picasso had his habits in a neighbourhood restaurant. He had taken it as a ritual to draw all kinds of sketches and drawings on the tablecloth.
A restaurateur once suggested that he forget the note if the painter agreed to abandon his sketch. Picasso agreed, but the man came back to see him and asked him to sign it. The Spanish artist shakes his head and answers: "No! I pay the bill but I don't buy the restaurant. ».

22 August 1911: Theft of the Mona Lisa, Picasso suspected

More than a century ago, the Italian worker Vincenzo Peruggia managed to steal the Mona Lisa. Two years passed before Leonardo da Vinci's masterpiece was found.
Who stole the Mona Lisa? In 1911, the question was on everyone's lips and kept the whole of France on tenterhooks. But why was Pablo Picasso accused of stealing the Mona Lisa?
To sum up briefly, Apollinaire's secretary had stolen some antique statuettes from the Louvre museum, and had sold one to Picasso, who did not yet know its provenance. When Apollinaire discovered his secretary's illicit activity, he decided to evict her from her apartment the same day that the theft of La Gioconda was discovered. With the theft of the world's most famous painting combined with the theft of objects from the Paris museum, the two friends had to get rid of their dubious merchandise quickly. Lacking discretion and bad associations, the two friends find themselves in front of the authorities.

One Thousand and One Works

In the course of his career, Picasso produced approximately 147,800 pieces, including 13,500 paintings, 100,000 engravings and prints, 300 sculptures and ceramics and 34,000 illustrations.

The essence of a style

Picasso: "When I was a child, I used to draw like Raphael but it took me a lifetime to learn to draw like a child". "In every child there is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist when you grow up.

Visual: Pablo Picasso, Photography, 1962 © Wikimedia Commons

Noémie Dumanois

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