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Pablo Picasso (Málaga, Spain, 25 October 1881 - Mougins, France, 8 April 1973), is one of the greatgeniuses of 20th century art, with unlimited talent and a voracious need to create. His imagination feedson everything around him. His inspiration finds its sources in ancient cultures, in distant civilizations, or inthe environment that surrounds him. He takes the simplest forms of everyday life and turns them into art.

ThisPicasso. Passion and Creationexhibition brings the visitor closer to the ingenious universe createdby the artist through his paintings, etchings, ceramics and photographs. Picasso was equally skilful at allof these techniques; he worked on new approaches to Art that led to innovative creative processes andpioneer forms of expression.As a painter,he started out from Academicism, he created Cubism, and passed through Classicism,Surrealism and Expressionism in what was a constant process of change and rupture, in his never-endingquest for freedom. The human figure, or more specifically portraits, and still lifes were Pablo Picasso’s main themes throughout his career.His drawings and etchings are one of the most important parts of his career, perhaps because it depictedthe restless and risky, tenacious and passionate spirit that characterised him. For Picasso, engravingprovided the means with which to depict his most profound desires, emotions and thoughts.

Everything imaginable and even everything he failed to acknowledge as imagined is reflected in his graphicworks. The different personal and artistic obsessions that haunted him throughout his life find an escaperoute here and allow us to track him through each phase of his life and his creative art. Picasso’s graphic art comprises more than 2000 works. He frequently used a mixture of techniques, such as etching and drypoint, or etching and aquatint.

As a ceramist, Picasso established an open dialogue with his sculptures. Ceramics allowed him to exercisehis drawing skills, his extraordinary dexterity as a painter, and his subtle talent at modelling shapes. Itsplastic flexibility, together with an avant-garde spirit and his capacity for innovation, carry it beyondtraditional consideration of pottery as a craft to attain the category of Art.

Picasso is undoubtedly the most revolutionary and tireless artist of the 20th century. With his creativeforce and his artistic potential, he challenged the norms of his day and broke new ground in the Historyof Art.

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