On the anniversary of his first exhibition, CR examines a portrait of the artist as a young man and beyond
On this day 118 years ago, an aspiring painter from the south of Spain debuted his first exhibition at a tiny gallery on the Rue Lafitte in Paris. In 1900, his disinterest in standard art school lessons led Pablo Picasso to the City of Lights, where he desperately sought exposure for his then unknown work. Over the course of just one year, he had produced over 75 paintings, depicting everything from rural landscapes to sex workers. With the help of esteemed art dealer Ambroise Vollard, he secured a name for himself in the art world at just 19 years old. Throughout the course of his career, Picasso developed countless seminal works, including Three Musicians and Les Demoiselles D’Avignon, and even cultivated his own style of painting, dubbed Cubism by French art critic Louis Vauxcelles. With his growing renown, he changed his last name, started affairs with multiple women, and even designed sets and costumes for several Russian ballets.
Here, CR explores the relationships and influences of one of the greatest artists of the 20th century.