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SparkNotes: Pablo Picasso: Picasso's Adolescence

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Once Picasso returned to Barcelona, in February, 1899, he began frequenting Els Quatre Gats, a tavern modeled after Le Chat Noir, the famous Parisian cabaret. This was the favorite café of the Catalan modernists and soon the bold and charismatic Picasso, still a teenager, became part of their circle. Els Quatre Gats was thick with a fin-de-siecle atmosphere: Symbolism held sway...

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SparkNotes: Pablo Picasso: Picasso's Childhood

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Pablo Ruiz Picasso was born on October 25, 1881, in Málaga, on the southern Spanish coast. He was christened Ruiz after his father, and Picasso after his mother, in the traditional Spanish way. His background was modest; his father, José Ruiz Blasco, supported his family by teaching drawing at the local art school. Picasso was introduced to art by his father, who loved to...

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SparkNotes: Pablo Picasso : Analytical Cubism

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In 1907, Apollinaire introduced Picasso to Georges Braque, another young painter deeply interested in Cézanne. Braque and Picasso worked together closely; Braque later said they were "roped together like mountaineers" as they explored a new approach to organizing pictorial space. While "Les Demoiselles" cleared the ground, Cubism was a joint construction, to the extent that ...

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The Spanish Civil War and World War II - SparkNotes

The Spanish Civil War and World War II

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The Spanish Civil War and World War II

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Fascism was on the rise in the 1930s; a second world war seemed the inevitable culmination of tense divisions within Europe between opposing Fascist and anti-Fascist camps. In this atmosphere of political strife, Picasso began to look for ways to imbue the heretofore private symbols in his art...

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