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April 8, 2023 marks the fiftieth anniversary of the death of Spanish artist Pablo Picasso and thus the year will represent a celebration of his work and his artistic legacy in France, Spain and internationally with 50 exhibitions of his art work.

Born on 25th October, 1881 in Malaga, Spain, Picasso spent most of his life in France. He was known for co-founding the Cubist movement, the invention of sculpture, the co-invention of collage. He applied different ideas to graphic designs and made its application to ceramic works. He was twice honored with the International Lenin Peace Prize, first in 1950 and again in 1961.His other important acknowledgement was his art work on cover page of Vintage Nobel Prize Books. Bottom of Each book has an original drawing from Picasso on the cover with colour illustrations inside.

Most Famous Works

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Guernica is one of the masterpieces in response to the bombing of Guernica town during Spanish civil war on 26th April 1937 in northern Spain. Guernica is a large 1937 oil painting by Spanish artist Pablo Picasso. It is one of his best-known works, regarded by many art critics as the most moving and powerful anti-war painting in history. At present the Guernica painting is in the Reina Sofia Museum Madrid. You can visit Reina Sofia Museum to see Guernica.

Among the other famous works of Picasso are- Family of Saltimbanques, the most famous painting of Picasso’s Rose Period artworks from 1904 to 1906.This painting is housed in the collection of the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C .Ma Jolie is among the famous paintings by Picasso in Analytic Cubism. It is now located in the Indianapolis Museum of Art, in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA. Also one more painting to be noted is a Girl before a Mirror, renowned for its varied interpretations. It now in the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.

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Three Musicians is not only among Picasso’s greatest masterpieces but also one of the most renowned works in Synthetic Cubism. One version of this painting is in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) in New York City.

One more painting The Old Guitarist was painted by Picasso during his Blue Period (1901 – 1904), which was brought about by his struggle with poverty and the suicide of his dear friend Casagemas. The painting portrays a bent and sightless man who is holding a large guitar close to him. Presently this painting can be seen in the Art Institute of Chicago

Celebration in Spain and France

The French Minister of Culture, Rima Abdul Malak, and the Spanish Minister of Culture and Sports, Miquel Iceta, presented in Madrid the programme of celebrations for the 50th anniversary of Picasso’s death. Around 50 events are planned in different countries. To date, two conferences and 42 exhibitions are scheduled: 16 in Spain, 12 in France, seven in the United States, two in Germany, two in Switzerland, one in the Principality of Monaco, one in Romania and one in Belgium.

After fifty years of his death, 2023 is the year of remembering Picasso`s art work who died in the French town of Mougins on 8 April 1973. This date marks the celebration of his work and artistic heritage mainly in Spain, France, and also all over the world. Let us experience his legacy of art work by remembering him in 2023 as a year of celebration through exhibitions and several events.

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