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Pablo Picasso was born in the Spanish coastal town, of Malaga on October 25, 1881. His father, Jose Ruiz Blasco, was an art teacher. His mother was Maria Picasso y Lopez. Picasso almost died at birth because of breathing problems. They say his uncle blew cigar smoke in his face and he was able to breathe. Picasso was a genius by the time he was ten years old, which was when he painted his first picture. He painted many paintings and the first of these paintings were focused on bullfighting, because he was exposed to bullfighting at the age of three. Pablo did very poorly in school, especially in math. He would always draw pictures in class instead of paying attention to the teacher. He also had a very short attention span, which they later found out was caused by Dyslexia. When Picasso turned 15, he entered the Barcelona’s School of Fine Arts, where his father was an art teacher. That is where he really learned to paint. He was accepted to the school by passing an exam that took him one day. The same exam took most students weeks to complete. Later after entering the school he won a gold medal for his very realistic painting of a doctor, a nun, and a child at a sick woman’s bed entitled, “Science and Charity”. There was a rumor that one day Pablo’s father asked him to finish the pigeons in a picture he was working on. They say Pablo painted them so well that his father put down his paint brush and never painted again. His father realized the talent that his son had was much greater than anything he could ever learn. In 1899 Picasso quit his academic studies and joined the circle of young avant-garde artists and writers who gathered at the local tavern. There they worked on all styles of art. In 1900 Picasso had his first solo exhibition, which his included many different styles of art. Beginning in 1900, Picasso began traveling back and forth to Paris before settling there in 1904. While in Paris he began painting pictures from the streets of Paris and Barcelona. He would pick a scene that he liked and he would sit down and paint it. Between 1900 and 1901 he began to paint with bright, unmixed colors. Some of his subjects for this new style of painting were scenes of the Parisian nightlife, such as the dance hall Le Moulin de la Gillette. Picasso’s most important early exhibition took place in 1901 at the Ambroise Vollard. There he displayed paintings and drawings of a large variety of styles. It was a huge success for Picasso, especially in the financial part of it. He was offered many spots for poster and magazine illustrations. One critic said it was the debut of a “brilliant newcomer.” Beginning in 1901 Picasso’s work took a dramatic turn. First, he started painting pictures that represented the recent suicide of his best friend Casagemas. Picasso’s style of painting became very dark and gloomy, and he was mainly using different shades of blue for all of his work. During Picasso’s blue period he also began painting intimate portraits of his Bohemian friends in Paris. In the spring of 1904 he finally found a place and settled in Paris. In 1905 Picasso began painting images of fairgrounds and circus performers. This new phase he was into was called the rose period. He was observing acrobats, musicians, and clowns on the streets and wherever he could find them. Using all different styles of painting he would always favor the figures at rest, in warm domestic settings. Some of his more famous paintings during this period include Family of Saltimbanques, and Woman with a Fan.

Picasso’s work was starting to become very well known by famous collectors. A man named Ambroise Vollard purchased some of Picasso’s paintings at a very high price. Being financially secure Picasso was starting to do a lot of traveling. He went to Spain and spent the entire summer in a small remote village, where he starting painting nude images.