Monday, October 26, 2009

This Day In History: Pablo Picasso

Yesterday was the anniversary of the birth, in 1881, of famous artist Pablo Picasso. To the left, you'll see his painting, "The Three Musicians."

This Spanish painter and sculptor is best known for creating the artistic movement Cubism, which "...emphasized the flat, two-dimensional surface of the picture plane, rejecting the traditional techniques of perspective, foreshortening, modeling, and chiaroscuro, and refuting time-honoured theories that art should imitate nature." That should impress your art history professor! (Just remember to cite this information if you use it!)

For a complete list of Picasso's works, visit his page on For more information on Picasso's life and the Cubist style, check out these Library resources:

Picasso: Architecture and Vertigo
by Christopher Green
N 6853 .P5 G74 2005 Stacks

The Cubist Painters
by Guillaume Apollinaire
ND 196 .C8 A6613 2004 Stacks

Cubism and Its Histories
by David Cottington
N 6848.5 .C82 C67 2004 Stacks

Picasso's Paintings, Watercolors, Drawings and Sculpture: A Comprehensive Illustrated Catalogue
by Pablo Picasso
ND 553 .P5 A4 2002 Stacks

Pablo Picasso [DVD]
produced by Kultur International Films
ND 553 .P5 P232 2002 Media Tower

by Timothy Hilton
ND 553 .P5 H54 1985 Stacks

Picasso, Line Drawings and Prints: 44 Works
by Pablo Picasso
NC 248 .P5 A4 1981 Stacks

The Complete Paintings of Picasso: His Blue and Rose Periods
by Pablo Picasso
ND 553 .P5 L34513 Stacks

A Life of Picasso
by John Richardson
N 6853 .P5 R56 Stacks (3 volumes)

Information courtesy of:
"Cubism." Encyclopædia Britannica. 2009. Web. 7 Oct. 2009 <>.

"Picasso, Pablo." Encyclopædia Britannica. 2009. Web. 7 Oct. 2009 <>.

Image courtesy of:
"Picasso, Pablo." Wikipedia. 2009. Web. 7 Oct. 2009.

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