Picasso at Devonshire Estates

Pablo Picasso was born on October 25, 1881, in Malaga Spain. His complete name is Pablo Diego Jose Francisco de Paula Juan Nepomuceno Maria de los Remedios Ciprriano de la Santisima Trinidad Martr Patricio Clito Ruiz y Picasso after many relatives, family friends, and saints!! His father was an artist and an art teacher and Pablo always loved drawing and art. When he was 14 he was accepted into a prestigious School of Fine Arts in Barcelona. Normally only older students were admitted into the school, however Pablo’s skills were so exceptional that they allowed him to attend. He wasn’t a very good student though, preferring to roam the streets and draw scenes from life around him. He went to the Royal Academy of San Fernando in Madrid when he was 16 and again was a horrible student preferring to hang around with beggars, street people and prostitutes.

Moving back to Barcelona he found a group of artists and intellectuals. It was by the influence of anarchists and radicals that he began to venture outside of academic style painting.

He went through a period of time when he included the color blue in most of his paintings because he was depressed from the loss of a good friend. It was called, “The Blue Period.”

When he first fell in love and married he began to add rose, pinks, reds, and warmer colors to his palette. This time is called, “The Rose Period.”

In 1907 he produced a painting that is said to be the most important painting of the 1900’s. It was a painting of several prostitutes in the cubism style. The name of the painting is Les Demoiselles d’Avignon. (below)


As he progressed in his art he went back to classic style art, surrealism, and a childlike style of painting. He said, ” As a boy I could draw like Rembrant, but it has taken a lifetime to draw like a boy.”

This painting was done a year before his death at 91. it is called, Self Portrait Facing Death. (below)


We at Master Artist Class chose to paint a rendition of Mediterranean Landscape, by Picasso. The history of this painting is that Spanish landscape paintings are rare for this time period, because there was a belief that appreciating nature was sacreligious, so it was forbidden to paint nature in Spain.

Please enjoy some of the rendition paintings of the students at Devonshire Estates Independent Living Community. The residents were somewhat reluctant to learn about the modern artist Picasso. They didn’t like the serious nature of his work or the fact that he was known as a womanizer, but I was able to introduce the finer qualities of this very special artist and evryone had a wonderful time!!



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