Monday, February 11, 2013

20 Things You Didn't Know About Picasso @ZaidanGallery

Picasso didn't leave a will, so his estate tax to the state of France was paid with his artworks. Many of these pieces are in the core collection of the Musée Picasso in Paris.

Picasso's full name is Pablo Diego Jose Franciso de Paula Juan Nepomuceno Maria de los Remedios Cipriano de la Santisima Trinidad Clito Ruiz y Picasso, a series of names of saints and relatives.

According to his mother, Picasso's first word as a child was "piz" short for "lapiz" the spanish word for pencil

His first exhibit was in the back of an umbrella store at the age of 13.

Picasso, distracted by his passion for the arts, was an awful formal student and often found himself in detention.

He burned many of his paintings to keep warm during financial struggles

Picasso, as a result of being destitute as a child in Spain, decided to become a Communist in 1944, stating that, "I learned that the communists were for the poor people. That was enough to know." In 1950, he received the Stalin Peace Prize from the Soviet government

Picasso's marriage in 1918 to Olga Khokhlova failed quickly, but he did not divorce her, because she would obtain half of his wealth. When Khokhlova died in 1955, she was still legally married to Picasso

At one point, Picasso had an affair with Francoise Gilot, a woman forty years younger than him.

During World War II, the Nazis forbid Picasso from showing his paintings, which did not fit their guidelines for art.

Despite his many relationships, Picasso vocally had no appreciation for women artists.

Picasso has had more of his paintings stolen than any other artist, with more than 1,000 pieces missing to date

Picasso was brought in for questioning as a subject when the Mona Lisa was stolen in 1911. An acquaintance accused him of stealing it.

Picasso, unable to stop creating, often painted directly onto everyday objects, from cigarette cartons to his daughter's espadrilles. His daughter said she wouldn't buy white espadrilles, because her father would always paint on them