Top 50 Paintings by Pablo Picasso

Top 50 Paintings by Pablo Picasso

       Picasso’s father, José Ruiz y Blasco, was himself a painter and for most of his life was a professor of art at Spanish colleges. It is from Don José that Picasso learned the basics of formal academic art training – figure drawing, and painting in oil. Although Picasso attended art schools throughout his childhood, often those his father taught at, he never finished his college level course of study at the Royal Academy of San Fernando in Madrid, leaving after less than a year.

  1. Weeping Woman (1937)

    To quote Will Durant, “…as the painter who sees, in the person whom he paints, not merely the individual character and feature, but some universal quality and permanent reality for whose unveiling the individual is only a symbol and a means. The secret of genius, then, lies in the clear and impartial perception of the objective, the essential, and the universal.” It is this very quality which Picasso is able to achieve in his works and the reason why he is regarded as one of  the greatest painters of all time.
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  2. Girl Before a Mirror by Pablo Picasso

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  3. Les Demoiselles (1907)

           Les Demoiselles is a very famous cubist piece by Pablo Picasso, and is a very important piece, as it is considered the first work of cubist art. It is a very provocative piece, depicting five prostitutes in a brothel. Two of the women are wearing tribal masks, tribal images having a big influence on Cubism.
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  4. The Old Guitarist (1903)

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  5. Dora Maar au Chat (1941)

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  6. Garcon a la Pipe (1905)

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  7. The Kiss (1969)

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  8. The Rape of the Sabine Women (1963)

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  9. Women of Algiers

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  10. Knight, Page and Monk (1951)

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  11. Guernica (1937)

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  12. Homme à l’épée (1969)

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  13. Paysage Méditerranéen (1952)

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  14. The Muse (1935)

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  15. Nude and Still Life (1931)

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  16. Les Noces de Pierrette (1905)

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  17. Women Running on the Beach (1922)

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  18. Las Meninas (1957)

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  19. Women at Their Toilet (1938)

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  20. Crucifixion (1930)

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  21. The Doves (1957)

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  22. Femme Assise Dans Un Jardin (1938)

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  23. The Bathers (1918)

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  24. Jacqueline with Crossed Hands (1954)

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  25. Pierrot (1918)

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  26. Luncheon on the Grass (1961)

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  27. The Suppliant (1937)

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  28. Portrait of a Sitting Woman (1960)

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  29. Woman with a Flower (1932)

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  30. La Vie (1903)

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  31. Femme aux Bras Croisés (1901)

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  32. Nu de Dos (1955)

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  33. The Rest (1932)

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  34. Untitled 1739 (1968)

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  35. Wounded Bird and Cat (1938)

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  36. Nude Woman Lying (1936)

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  37. Girl with a Hoop (1919)

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  38. La Toilette (1906)

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  39. Nude in a Garden (1934)

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  40. Woman with a Fan (1907)

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  41. Head of a Man (1907)

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  42. The Card-Player (1914)

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  43. The Reservoir (1909)

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  44. Still Life (1938)

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  45. Portrait of a Young Woman (1914)

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  46. Violin and Guitar (1913)

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  47. Spanish Still Life Sol y Sombra (1912)

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  48. Bathing (1908)

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  49. Bacchanalia de Turew (1959)

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  50. The Minotauromachy

    Considered by many to be the most important… There is again a similar tripartite structure to both compositions and the principal protagonists are almost identical. The flower girl holding a candle, the Minotaur advancing from the right, and the enjoined figures of the wounded horse and Marie-Thérèse in a bullfighter’s costume, are all very closely related to those in the drawing. The bullfighter’s costume is a recurrence of the costume worn by the figure on the right in the drawing, and its wearer, Marie-Thérèse, appears on the left of the drawing, cryptically personified as the wounded horse in the bullfight. There are also similarities between the Minotaur with the concealed bull on the far right of the drawing, and there are further similarities between the horses which occupy the central positions in each of the two compositions. Furthermore, the Christ-like figure climbing the ladder in “Minotauromachy” relates closely to the crucified figure on a ladder in the drawing, in each case the figure is identifiable as Picasso, in a Christ-like alter ego.
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  51. Prostituee et Reitre (1968)

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