1. Pablo Picasso’s Full Name is Extremely Long
Pablo Diego Jose Francisco de Paula Juan Nepomuseno Maria de los remedies Ciprano de la Santasima Trinidad Martyr Patricio Clito Ruiz y Picasso! That was quite a mouthful! Pablo Picasso’s name is one of the longest ever recorded for an artist or any person for that matter. His name is a combination of respect for Spanish and Christian sainthood and family heritage. There are a few names of important saints and beloved relatives, his mother and father’s names, and the rest are a combination of ideas and personal characteristics, in which the Spanish believed are best included in a birth name. Inevitably, a rose by any other name is still a rose, and Pablo Picasso and his long name illustrated that saying, in the grandest of fashions.
2. Baby Pablo Almost Stillborn
When baby Pablo was born, the midwife actually thought that he was stillborn and left the newborn genius on a pediatrician table and was not given another thought! The midwife went to Pablo’s mother to inform her of the sad news, and a miracle occurred during this time. Pablo’s uncle was also the attending physician who delivered the baby! Dr. Don Salvador is credited with saving the life of newborn Pablo.
3. Little Picasso’s First Spoken Word ‘Pencil’
Picasso’s early childhood developmental years were filled with education and wonder! His very first spoken-word was ‘piz’ or ‘pencil’, in English. If this was not a clue to the future-occupation and career-path of young Picasso, then nothing short of having a label on his back that said ‘artist-to-be’ would have been any clearer!
4. Pablo’s Very First Oil Based Drawing
‘Le Picador’, was created in 1890, by Pablo Picasso, at the tender age of nine. The first work by Picasso depicted a man riding a horse in the blood-sport that is bull fighting. This form of spectator-event is still widely-popular in many parts of Spain.
5. Pablo Picasso’s ‘First Communion’ First Academic Painting
Although Pablo’s first foray into artistic endeavors was ‘Le Picador’ at nine in 1890, his very first academic all painting was not painted until six years later. The work, ‘First Communion’, is a portrait of his mother, father, and youngest sister, all kneeling before an altar in a church setting. Pablo Picasso was only 15 when he created this masterpiece, and this work is considered one of his most-treasured of all!
6. Pablo Picasso and His Academic Career
There is little argument that Pablo Picasso was a brilliant man, yet his academic career record does not reflect this fact. Pablo had little trouble passing the entrance exams of every artistic institution of higher learning, from Madrid to Paris, which he desired to gain entry into. It was the empirically-proven mark of a tortured artist, after time and time again of Pablo burning-out and leaving school after one or two semesters. This did not make any difference after he became successful after ‘First Communion’, yet was a clear sign that brilliant individuals sometimes have difficulty in a structured formal classroom setting.
7. Pablo Picasso’s First Job in Paris
The first job that Pablo Picasso was to be paid upon was with his landlord/art dealer, Pere Menach. The agreed-upon sum was 150 francs per month, which in today’s money, equates to about $750 USD. Not a bad sum of money back in the day and one that allowed young Pablo to exercise his creativity and to develop his personal characteristics, that would carry him through the rest of his long life.