"Ben took me to meet Picasso at his studio"

Pablo Diego José Francisco de Paula Juan Nepomuceno María de los Remedios Cipriano de la Santísima Trinidad Ruiz y Picasso was normally referred to rather more simply as Pablo Ruiz Picasso.

Pablo Picasso
Public DomainPablo Picasso - Credit: Argentina. Revista Vea y Lea

Picasso was a painter of Spanish origin who actually lived most of his adult life in France. His painting passion began at an early age, but even the young Picasso could surely not have known how highly regarded his work would later become.

Throughout his youth, Picasso produced paintings which invoked surprise, such was their realism.

By 1900, he had made his first journey to Europe's then art capital, Paris, where he would ultimately spend much of his time, when not in the Spanish city of Barcelona. Just five years later, he was esconced within the social circle of the American art collectors Leo and Gertrude Stein.

Picasso also met fellow artist, Henri Matisse - a good friend and of course, also a professional rival...

Experimenting with a variety of artistic styles and techniques saw Picasso produce artwork of great diversity and his pieces can be categorized into particular periods.

The Blue Period (1901–1904) saw somber blues and blue-green colours combine, with few other parts of the palette used to break up the paintings.

In contrast, The Rose Period (1904–1906) exuded glorious pinks and oranges, peppered throughout with circus folk and harlequins.

Other common periods into which Picasso's work is divided is his African-influenced Period (1908–1909), Analytic Cubism (1909–1912) and Synthetic Cubism (1912–1919) periods.Indeed, Picasso famously co-founded the Cubist movement - one of his many artistic legacys...