The first artworks of an artist usually refers to works not entirely mature, beginning of a talent which will develop only in adulthood. As for Pablo Picasso, however, by looking at his first brush strokes you notice a not so known aspect of the genius of the modern art, an artist talent which ignited when he was little more than a child.

Picasso was born in Malaga, Spain, in 1881, by a father who was an artist and a mother of Italian origin.  His first painting dated back to 1890 when he was only 9 years old and it is the oldest work linkable to the Spanish artist.

Below, “Il Picador”,  1890

In not so many years, Picasso became exceptionally talented, able to realise academical drawings and paintings that were showing his rapid improvements. Especially his studies with pencil from the 1890 to 1892 stress out his advanced comprehension of classic art, including human anatomy.

At the age of 13 Picasso officially started his artistic career. During those years he developed a realist style characterised by naturalistic strokes helped by a range of realistic colours and subjects taken from daily life.

Below: self-portrait from 1896

He would enjoy to paint portraits of his dear ones and scenes inspired by the passionate Catholic faith. Both these artistical interests were evident in the piece “First Communion”, a work in big dimensions depicting his sister Lola, from the 1896.

Below: “First Communion” 1896:

Picasso remained a realist for the rest of 1890 up until the beginning of 1900 when he started what was later remembered as the “blue period”, followed by the “pink period” and finally the cubism, artistic movement that he founded with Georges Braque.

Below: “Science and Charity”, 1897

Despite the non-lovers of modern art might find his youth work as more interesting, it is necessary to end the article with a a quote from the great artist from Andalusia:

It took me four years to paint like Raphael but a lifetime to paint like a child

Below: portrait of his mother, 1896:

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Matteo Rubboli

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