Pablo Picasso Lesson for Kids: Biography & Facts

Instructor: Charles Kinney, Jr.
Pablo Picasso was an artist from the 1900s. In this lesson, you will read how Picasso helped to change art. Picasso also helped to change how people thought about art.

The Life of Picasso

Lots of people visit art museums and think, 'That isn't so hard. I can do that.' Maybe you could, but what matters is someone else did it first. Pablo Picasso was one of these artists, and his works are displayed in museums across the world. Picasso was not just a painter. He was also a poet and sculptor. He even designed scenery and wrote plays for the theater.

Picasso was born in Spain in 1881 and died in 1973. Like most dates in history, it is important to know what was going on in the world. There were many wars during Picasso's time. These wars had an effect on Picasso's work. The women and children in Picasso's life also helped shape his work. Picasso also made many friends, and some of these friends helped Picasso create a whole new style of art.

Before Picasso became famous, his life was hard. Sometimes he even had to burn his paintings to stay warm! Even though Picasso came from Spain, he spent most of his life in France. When the German Nazi soldiers took over France during World War II, Picasso liked France so much that he stayed in Paris and refused to leave. After the war, Picasso became very famous and rich.


Picasso's Art

It is easier to think of Picasso in the way and times he did his work. Picasso's artwork is broken up into several different periods, with the first one being the Blue Period. The Blue Period paintings reflected Picasso's time in Spain and showed sad stories of life, like people begging in the street. Picasso was sad during this time. Guess what color Picasso used at this time? Blue, of course.


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