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Artist Pablo Picasso was born on this day in 1881.
Native to Spain, Picasso spent three-quarters of his life in France. His art achieved universal significance as an expression of the triumphs and tragedies, the vitality and the restless searchings of twentieth century man. From beginning to end, this man of persistent creative vitality embodied many paradoxes and contradictions, yet he was never false to himself or to his inspiration.
His work does not fit with any set and convincing definition. He was a painter, sculptor, printmaker, ceramicist, and stage designer who created an estimated 50,000 pieces of art. Picasso was remarkable not only for the prodigious volume and variety of his output, but that in modern times there appears no other artist to respond as intensely and as imaginatively to the events, changing conditions and challenges of this century. Among his most well-known works we find Les Demoiselles d’Avignon, Guernica, Girl before a mirror, Three musicians, The weeping woman or Le Rêve. UNESCO Headquarters in Paris features Picasso’s mural ‘The Fall of Icarus’.
Today we pay honor to his prolific life and legacy. To gain a deeper understanding behind the works of this genius, we invite you to read this special issue of The Unesco Courier published in 1980 and dedicated to the painter’s 100th anniversarySource: UNESCO