50. Picasso was a child prodigy who could draw before he could talk. He was accepted to the School of Fine Arts when he was 13 years old. While most students completed their entrance exams in a month, he completed his in just one week.
49. When Picasso was 16 years old, he attended Madrid’s Royal Academy of San Fernando. He soon dropped out because he did not like formal education.
48. Pablo Picasso’s last name is from his mother, María Picasso y López. His father’s name is José Ruíz Blasco.
47. In 1911, when the famous painting Mona Lisa of Leonardo da Vinci was stolen from the Louvre, the police took in Picasso’s friend, the poet Guillaume Apollinaire. Apollinaire fingered Picasso as a suspect, so the police hauled him in for questioning. Both were later released.
46. Along with Henri Matisse and Marcel Duchamp, Picasso revolutionized the emergence of the plastic arts in the early 20th century.
45. The early death of his sister from diphtheria and the suicide of his best friend traumatized a young Picasso, but influenced him to dream big.
44. Picasso’s name has been used on several commercial products, including a car (Citroen Xsara Picasso), perfume (Cognac Hennessy Picasso), and lighters (ST Dupont Picasso). Picasso’s heirs continually quibble over intellectual property laws concerning his name.
43. From 1917–1924, Picasso designed the curtain, sets, and costumes for several ballets.
42. Picasso’s rising success was would lead to his 1932 famous work, Le Reve, which was to be sold for $139 million in 2006 by casino magnate Steve Wynn. However, he accidentally put his elbow through the canvas the day before the sale.
41. “It takes a long time to become young.” –Pablo Picasso
Join us February 18th for the Pablo Picasso: The Diary of a Master Exhibition Opening Reception to get the first look at the exhibition and to learn more about Picasso. Tickets are available for purchase here. The exhibition will be open to the general public from Feb 20th – May 5th, 2017.