His last name sounds like the artist is cutting the canvas with a knife instead of making a pencil sketch on it. His name with a hot iron imprints a completely new concept on the body of art - cubism. Anything that bears Pablo Picasso's sweeping signature automatically becomes a World Heritage Site.
It seems as if the artist has always been a success. But behind the big name and auction records lie years of hard work. The story of the transformation of a young passionate Spaniard into a French artist, who climbed to the very top of the picturesque Olympus, has nothing to do with a fortunate coincidence. Therefore, it really inspires.
Portrait of Picasso in the studio of Bateau Lavoir (1908) / Musée national Picasso, Paris
"For me, drawing is a bad habit, I cannot and cannot do anything else." - Pablo Picasso
Pablo started drawing as a child. He was an apprentice to his father, Don José, who made his living by painting dining rooms. The younger Picasso began modestly with images of birds, or rather with the legs of pigeons - the only thing that don Jose entrusted to his nine-year-old son.
But soon little Pablo achieved such skill and precision that his father, once seeing the completed work, no longer took paint in his hands, but passed them on to his more gifted heir. Soon, the first of the many paintings created by Picasso during his life, "Picador", was born. The artist will never part with this work.
"If I draw a wild horse, you may not see a horse ... but you will definitely see wildness!" - Pablo Picasso
At 19, Picasso is proud, not too educated, speaks bad French and dreams of devoting his life to art. He goes to Paris. There, Pablo settles in Bato Lavoir, a hostel for beggars and ambitious aspiring artists.
It was at the time of Picasso that this wretched building gained its fame, covered with a thick layer of gossip, anecdotes and legends. But living here is almost impossible. The walls of the rickety house, consisting of "attics and basements", are adorned with mildew, as a convenience - one water tap for all residents. But judging by how passionately, almost frenziedly, the artist works, he is not worried about either the cold wind, or the stinking dirt, or the hopeless poverty.
Picasso is passionately in love with Fernando Olivier and his daring designs. For 78 years of active creative life, he will leave behind 13,500 paintings, 100,000 prints and prints, 34,000 book illustrations and 300 ceramic and sculptural works worth about a billion dollars. This means that every day Pablo, dressed in Parisian dampness and hunger, creates at least four masterpieces!
Modigliani, Picasso and André Salmon, París (1916) / Modigliani Institut Archives Légales, Paris-Rome