6 Facts About Modern Artists, From Picasso to Monet

  • Claude Monet’s “Water Lilies”
Claude Monet's "Water Lilies"
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Modern artists are among history’s most beloved creators, known for their innovation, experimentation, and, often, fascinating personalities. Prominent figures such as Vincent Van Gogh, Henri Matisse, and Pablo Picasso dominated the movement, which spanned more than a century from the 1860s through the 1970s. The period saw the transition from traditional art to a new era of abstraction, featuring otherworldly landscapes, distorted figures, and vibrant colors. Here are six fascinating facts about the artists behind the movement.

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Picasso’s Full Name Contains 23 Words

Pablo Picasso’s larger-than-life persona was exemplified by his daring painting style; he was a co-founder of the cubist movement, a style exemplified by his famous 1937 anti-war painting “Guernica.” Today, his enduring fame has earned him the right to go by one name: Picasso. But when he was born on October 25, 1881, in Málaga, Spain, he was given a full name that was 23 words long, honoring various family members and saints. The exact full name varies by source, but was roughly: Pablo Diego José Francisco de Paula Juan Nepomuceno María de los Remedios Cipriano de la Santísima Trinidad Martyr Patricio Clito Ruíz y Picasso. The surname Picasso comes from his mother, Doña María Picasso y López.

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