Unit 7 Reading 1

Read the text and match the years with the events in Picasso's life.

Pablo Picasso

Pablo Picasso was born on 25 October 1881 in Malaga, Spain. His father was an artist, a teacher, and also worked in a museum. In 1895 his family moved to Barcelona where Pablo went to an art school. In 1897 he won a place at the Royal Academy of Arts in Madrid.

Picasso began his Blue period in Paris when he was 20. He met other artists there. He often travelled to Spain until 1904 when he decided to settle permanently in France. In 1906 his Pink period began which lasted only a year. In 1908 he founded cubism. During World War I he worked for the theatre where he met a Russian ballet dancer and married her in 1918. During the Spanish Civil war, in 1937 Pablo created one of his most famous works, Guernica, which he called after the town which the army of General Franco destroyed.

Picasso continued painting and sculpting during World War II. In 1946, after the war, he left for Southern France where the landscape reminded him of his native Malaga. In 1961, already 79 years old, Picasso married again. He died in France on 8 April 1973, at the age of 91. During his lifetime Picasso created a lot of works that still fascinate people.