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Picasso is one of the artists that most influenced the XX century, and his revolutionary style made him an icon among his contemporaries.

In this article we’ll discuss, in a chronological order, the paintings that most represent his art, and which people love the most!

1. The Old Guitarist, 1903-1904

This is one of the artworks that belong to the Blue Period of Pablo Picasso. In exposition at the Art Institute of Chicago, this painting was made just after a friend of Picasso’s committed suicide. Recalling El Greco’s style, it depicts an old man holding a big guitar in his hands, which, together with the poverty – a frequent theme during his Blue Period -, evoke the artist’s pain for the death of his friend.

2. Celestina, 1904

La Celestina is another of the Picasso paintings from the Blue Period, and you can find it at the Musée Picasso. As the majority of the blue period artworks, this painting also recalls El Greco’s style, with its elongated shapes which, together with the dark selection of colors, evoke a feeling of oppression and solitude.

3. Family of Saltimbanques, 1905

When he started to feel better after the depression following his friend’s death, Picasso switched to a new, lighter and more pleasant artistic phase: the Rose Period.
In Picasso’s paintings saltimbanques represent the poorest, but at the same time most independent social class.
Painted in 1905, Family of Saltimbanques is one of the most representative works of this period, and many scholars assert that the cluster depicted in this artwork is actually a representation of Picasso and his circle of friends.

4. Young Acrobat on a Ball, 1905

In exposition at the Pushkin Museum of Fine Art, Young acrobat on a ball also belongs to Picasso’s Rose Period, and it reprises the theme of optimism as opposed to melancholy and alienation.
The element that mainly stands out in this artwork is the contrast between the muscular man sitting on the cube and the graceful young girl standing in balance on the ball.

5. Les Demoiselles d’Avignon, 1907

Probably one of the most recognizable among the paintings by Pablo Picasso, this work of art belongs to his African Period. It represents a revolution in the characterization of the feminine body, because the painter decided to distort it and transform it into geometrical shapes, which still maintain their gracefulness and flexibility.

6. Guernica, 1937

Found at the Reina Sofía Museum, his black-and-white masterpiece has become the emblem of the pain caused by terrible wars, and a symbol of peace. The bull, the horse, the screaming woman, they all evoke suffering and death. The light bulb represents the new technologies that were tested during the bombings.

Pablo Picasso’s paintings depict deep human emotions and the events that happened in a world that was troubled by wars and social problems, and the different color periods he lived are the mirror of what he felt.
This great artist has created countless masterpieces and we chose to talk to you about some of our favorites.
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