1881 Málaga – 1973 Mougins
Pablo Picasso has gone down in history as the most significant artist of the twentieth century. No other artist has been exhibited so often, studied so extensively, referred to in so many publications, or discussed on such a scale. As the pioneer of cubism, together with Georges Braque, Picasso definitely rejected the formal and aesthetic values of the nineteenth century. He took inspiration from any artistically oriented style or cultural heritage – from African sculptures to iron bicycle handlebars. He was tremendously productive until the end of his life; his art was marked by his irrepressible zest for life and, especially in his later works, by the awareness of his own mortality.