Why Pablo Picasso sells for millions

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Most people wonder why a  painting with distorted noses, 3 breasts and a profusion of feet  and hands, in cubes and geometric disproportions is considered art and valued at a phenomenally high number of millions. Certainly a sensible reasoning, but the fact is we are only exposed to the strange art not the brilliance it has grown out of. The transformation from real life to abstract, definite differences in the punctuation of each stroke as the artist molds from what the world sees to how he sees it or more particularly imagines the world.


Images below are arrange chronologically to best understand the brilliance of the man Pablo Picasso.

Plaster male torso - Pablo Picasso

Sketch – Male torso 1893


Self-Portrait - Pablo Picasso

Self Portrait – 1900

Picasso demonstrated extraordinary artistic talent in his early years, painting in a realistic manner through his childhood and adolescence. During the first decade of the 20th century, his style changed as he experimented with different theories, techniques, and ideas. His work is often categorised into periods. While the names of many of his later periods are debated, the most commonly accepted periods in his work are the Blue Period (1901–1904), theRose Period (1904–1906), the African-influenced Period (1907–1909), Analytic Cubism (1909–1912), and Synthetic Cubism (1912–1919).

Exceptionally prolific throughout the course of his long life, Picasso achieved universal renown and immense fortune for his revolutionary artistic accomplishments, and became one of the best-known figures in 20th-century art.


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The old fisherman – Oil on canvas 1895

Portrait of the Artist's Mother - Pablo Picasso

Pablo’s Mother – Realism, Oil on canvas- 1896


Reclining Nude - Pablo Picasso

Cubism, Expressionism Period African Period – 1908

Head of a Man in El Greco style - Pablo Picasso

Head of a Man in El Greco style – Realism – Oil 1899

Blue Period

Motherhood - Pablo Picasso

Motherhood- Post Impressionism -1901

Madonna with Garland - Pablo Picasso

Madonna with garland- 1904

Portrait of Ambroise Vollard - Pablo Picasso

Portrait de Ambroise Vollard – Cubist – Oil on Canvas – 1910

My mother said to me, ‘If you are a soldier, you will become a general. If you are a monk, you will become the Pope.’ Instead, I was a painter, and became Picasso.

Pablo Picasso



ROSE period

The Rose Period comes from the time when the style of Pablo Picasso’s painting used cheerful orange and pink colours in contrast to the cool, somber tones of the previous Blue Period.

Lovers - Pablo Picasso

Expressionism – 1904


A boy with pipe - Pablo Picasso

Boy with Pipe – Rose period – Post-Impressionism

1904–05, Les Baladins (Mother and Child, Acrobats), gouache on canvas,

African Period

Picasso’s African Period, which lasted from 1906 to 1909, was the period whenPablo Picasso painted in a style which was strongly influenced by African sculpture and particularly traditional African masks.

Les Demoiselles d’Avignon. 1907 The two figures on the right are the beginnings of Picasso’s African period.

1908, Seated Woman, oil on canvas


Mother and child - Pablo Picasso

Mother and Child 1921


 Analytic cubism

is a style of painting Picasso developed with Georges Braque using monochrome brownish and neutral colours. Both artists took apart objects and “analyzed” them in terms of their shapes.

Bull (plate IV) - Pablo Picasso

Bull (plate IV) 1947

Girl in chair - Pablo Picasso

Girl In Chair 1952

Portrait of Dora Maar - Pablo Picasso

Portrait of Dora Maar 1937

Painting is a blind man’s profession. He paints not what he sees, but what he feels, what he tells himself about what he has seen.

Pablo Picasso

This probably sums up the madness and the brilliance called  Picasso


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