ICONS ARE BETTER #83: PICASSO

Icons break norms in order to expand them. But in order to subvert the rules, one must first understand them. That is precisely what elevated Spanish artist Pablo Picasso to the status of an icon, both in his day and in art history books.

Picasso is one of the most influential artists of the 20th century. He is known for revolutionizing art and pioneering new techniques, like Cubism. But not everyone knows how he got there.

Picasso was a classically trained artist – often labeled as a “child prodigy” who demonstrated extraordinary talent in painting and drawing in a naturalistic manner. However, he disliked his art school’s singular focus on classical subjects and techniques. At the age of 16, he vented this frustration in a letter to a friend: “They just go on and on about the same old stuff: Velázquez for painting, Michelangelo for sculpture.” It’s no

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