Pablo Picasso

The life of Picasso

Birth & Death

Born: October 25, 1881
Malaga, Spain
Died: April 8, 1973
Mougins, France

Early Picasso

Pablo Ruiz Picasso was born on October 25, 1881, in Malaga, Spain. He was the eldest and only son with two younger sisters, Lola and Concepción. His father, José Ruiz Blasco, was a professor in the School of Arts and Crafts. Pablo's mother was Maria Ruiz Picasso. It is rumored that Picasso learned to draw before he could speak. As a child, his father frequently took him to bullfights, and one of his earlier paintings was a scene from a bullfight.

Young Picasso

Picasso was born an artist: his first word was "piz," short of lápiz the Spanish word for 'pencil.' His father Ruiz, an artist and art professor, gave him a formal education in art starting from the age of 7. By 13, Ruiz vowed to give up painting as he felt that Pablo had surpassed It's like Picasso was born an artist: his first word was "piz," short of lápiz the Spanish word for 'pencil.' His father Ruiz, an artist and art professor, gave him a formal education in art starting from the age of 7. By 13, Ruiz vowed to give up painting as he felt that Pablo had surpassed him

Married Life for Picasso

Picasso had two wives, Olga Khokhlova and Jacqueline Roque (In the Photo). Picasso was married to Olga from 1918 to 1955, although he also had other lovers during the time. Jacqueline was married to him from 1961 until his death in 1973.

Facts about Picasso

Facts About Pablo Picasso

  • Picasso was born on October 25, 1881 in the city of Malaga, Spain.
  • Picasso's full name has 23 words. His real name is Pablo Diego José Francisco de Paula Juan Nepomuceno María de los Remedios Cipriano de la Santísima Trinidad Martyr Patricio Clito Ruíz y Picasso.
  • He received this name when he was baptized.
  • His long name comes from a list of saints and relatives.
  • His mother's name was Maria Picasso y Lopez.
  • His father's name was Jose Ruiz Blasco.
  • He received his last name from his mother.
  • Picasso was born extremely small. In fact, he was so tiny that the nurse thought that he was stillborn. Therefore, she left him sitting on a table while she went to take care of his mother. His uncle wound up saving him from death.
  • His uncle's name was Don Salvador.
  • His first word was "lapiz," the Spanish word for pencil.
  • His father was an artist, art professor and museum curator.
  • His father started teaching art to him when he was seven years old.
  • Pablo completed his first painting when he was nine years old. The title of the painting was Le Picador. The image is of a man riding a horse in a bullfight.
  • His father decided that he would give up painting when Picasso was 13 years old because he felt his son was already a better painter than him.
  • Picasso was 15 when he finished First Communion, which was an extremely well known portrait depicting his father, mother, and sister.
  • Picasso was not a good student and he was frequently given detention.
  • When he was a teenager, his seven year old sister passed away from diphtheria. After his sister died, the family moved away to Barcelona.
  • He studied at the Royal Academy of San Fernando.
  • Picasso was extremely fond of the works of El Greco.
  • In between his Blue and Rose Periods, Pablo Picasso moved to France.
  • Picasso's first job was with an art dealer named Pere Menach.
  • Picasso was a co-founder in the movement known as Cubism.
  • The Nazis would not let Picasso display his paintings in Germany.
  • Picasso's art work can be found in art museums throughout the world.
  • Picasso had many lovers throughout his life. He often painted pictures of one his many lovers, named Dora Maar.
  • Picasso had four different children by three different women.
  • He was married twice.
  • Picasso passed away on April 8, 1973 in Mougins, France.


Picasso's Spouse Jacqueline (Roque) Picasso

Jacqueline Picasso or Jacqueline Roque is best known as the muse and second wife of Pablo Picasso. Their marriage lasted 11 years until his death, during which time he created over 400 portraits of her, more than any of Picasso's other loves.



Jacqueline Picasso killed herself by gunshot in 1986 when she was 59 years old. Shortly before her death she had confirmed that she would be present at an upcoming exhibit of her private collection of Picasso's work in Spain.