The first known painting of Picasso was of a bull done when he was still a boy of eight years old and living in Malaga in the house on the Plaza de la Merced. By the time of his death in France in 1973 he had come to dominate the art world like a Colossus.
Towards the end of his life he didn't stop working though he changed his styles as often as he changed his wives. Along with Braque he invented Cubism. With Guernica he screamed at the horrors of War. In 1949 he made the famous Dove of Peace for the Paris Peace Congress.
Self-portraits, portraits of friends and lovers, set designs, sculpture, ceramics, printmaking it seems there was nothing he couldn't turn his hand to. And treat with startling originality often provoking outrage as he broke the norms of art.
Now he is regarded as a genius but what drove his career, provided his motifs and determined his stylistic changes? These are the questions that speaker Alejandra Carazo will address in her talk for the Arts Society Benahavís.
There can be no better speaker than Alejandra. She studied Art at the University of Malaga and subsequently Art and Communication at the highly regarded University of Complutense in Madrid, and for 7 years worked at the Picasso Museum both in the education and curating departments.
Perhaps more to the point one of her greatest pleasures is to help audiences to come to a better understanding of 20th Century art.
Alejandra recognises that not every one has fallen under Picasso's spell. Hence she proposes to take the audience on a journey through his life and work giving us clues to appreciate his art better. She will show us 'how he lived, who his friends were, and what were his interests all of which served him as themes for his art.' No doubt about it, by the end of the talk the audience will see Picasso through fresh eyes.