On the morning of October 25th in Malaga, Spain, a boy was born. His parents christened him Pablo Diego José Francisco de Paula Juan Nepomuceno María de los Remedios Cipriano de la Santísima Trinidad Ruiz y Picasso, and he would go on to become one of the most influential artists of the 20th century.
Most great artists manage to achieve a certain style in their most practiced medium that influences generations to come.
Picasso did this several times over. Beginning with the Cubism style in painting, he also made incredible additions to sculpture and collage, and continually reinvented himself and changed his style.
Some of Picasso’s most influential work is that done on the concept of perspective. The artist was famous for placing ears viewed from the left on the right cheek, or superimposing different angles of a face over one another. The result asks the viewer to question their perspective literally and figuratively.
Picasso was responsible for a huge amount of images that defined the 20th century, whether it was Don Quixote on his camel or the images of ‘Guernica,’ the painting that depicted the tragedies of the Spanish Civil War. Picasso was one of the first painters to make an overtly political statement with his painting. He brought the art form from a practice that sought to capture beauty to one that hit all emotional notes.
There is no scarcity of images created by Picasso to choose from. It’s likely that you have already been deeply moved by one or two of them. A Picasso tattoo is sure to carry intense personal meaning while also paying homage to one of the greatest artists who ever lived.