Born in Spain, in 1881, Pablo Picasso was the most dominant and influential artist of the first half of the 20th century. His prolific output includes over 20,000 paintings, prints, drawings, sculptures, ceramics, theater sets, and costumes that convey myriad intellectual, political, social, and amorous messages. His creative styles transcend realism and abstraction, Cubism, Neoclassicism, Surrealism, and Expressionism.
Through the 40s to the 60s, Picasso’s international fame increased with large exhibitions in cities across the world. A retrospective in New York at the Museum of Modern Art in 1957 garnered a massive amount of attention, with over 100,000 visitors during the first month. Picasso died in 1973, leaving an artistic legacy that continues to resonate today throughout the world.