Pablo Picasso was a Spanish artist known mainly as the co-founder of Cubism. His wide-ranging body of work, considered seminal in the twentieth century, encompasses a huge variety of media, styles, and subjects.

Maintaining a precarious balance between representation and abstraction, Picasso and Braque saw themselves as pursuing a daring and dangerous course.

Pablo Picasso, Three Women

Pablo Picasso, Guitar, 1914, ferrous sheet metal and wire 30 1/2" x 13 3/4" x 7 5/8" (77.5 x 35 x 19.3 cm) (MoMA)
Picasso represents a guitar in three dimensions, but he doesn’t actually make one.

Pablo Picasso, Guitar

Pablo Picasso, Guernica - detail
Paintings of this size had historically exalted war, but this one suggests that war is anything but heroic.

Pablo Picasso, Guernica

Georges Braque, Landscape of l'Estaque, 1907, oil on canvas, 37 x 46 cm. (Musée d'Art moderne, Troyes, France)
Braque hated Picasso’s Demoiselles when he saw it. But he couldn’t get it out of his head… or off of his canvas.

Inventing Cubism

Pablo Picasso, Family of Saltimbanques, 1905, oil on canvas, 212.8 x 229.6 cm (National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.)
For Picasso, the road to fame started young… but before he could get too far, he had to unlearn a lot about art.

Picasso’s Early Work