Born on October 25, 1881, in Málaga, Spain, Pablo Picasso displayed a prodigious talent for drawing at a very young age. In 1895, when Picasso was 14 years old, he began his education in the arts, attending the prestigious School of Fine Arts in Barcelona, and then the Royal Academy of San Fernando in Madrid. However, he repeatedly became frustrated with these schools’ singular focus on classical subjects and techniques.
Picasso moved back to Barcelona and fell in with a crowd of artists, intellectuals and radicals, inspiring him to make a decisive break from the classical methods in which he had been trained to embark on a lifelong process of artistic experimentation and innovation. Among the different stylistic periods for which Picasso is known include the Blue Period, Rose Period, Classical Period, Cubism, Surrealism and more.
Living and working in Paris beginning at the turn of the century, Picasso experimented with nearly every printmaking technique throughout his career, in the studios of the finest printmakers across France:with Hidalgo Arnera, Roger Lacourière (who produced the famed Vollard Suite), and at the Studio Delâtre, but creating the bulk of his work at the Atelier Mourlot in Paris. Pablo Picasso continued to create art and maintain an ambitious schedule in his later years, until his death in 1973, at the age of 91, in Mougins, France.