Pablo Picasso in Cubism

Top 3 Facts About Picasso!

  • Pablo Picasso was born in Spain in 1881. 🇪🇸

  • He had many artistic skills, such as painting, drawing, printmaking and sculpting. 

  • Picasso created over 20,000 artworks in his lifetime! 🎨

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What is Cubism?

Cubism is an art movement where artists would make a picture by splitting the image into lots of different sections and shapes. 🟡🔹🟪

The aim was to create a 3D image on a 2D canvas. 

It created a new and interesting way of looking at a subject. Read more about cubism here

©Pablo Picasso,

Girl with a Mandolin 1910

Museum of Modern Art, New York

©Pablo Picasso,

Woman With Pears, 1909


©Pablo Picasso,

Bowl of Fruit, Violin and Bottle, 1914

Tate – Lent by the National Gallery 1997
On long term loan


Picasso’s paintings are displayed in galleries all over the world! 🌏

His cubism style varies and looks different in many paintings. But a similarity is that his subject is broken up into different shapes! 🎨

©Pablo Picasso,

Portrait de Dora Maar, 1937

Musée Picasso Paris

©Pablo Picasso,

Three Musicians, 1921


©Pablo Picasso,

Bust of a Woman, 1944

© Succession Picasso/DACS 2020


©Pablo Picasso,

Guernica, 1937

The Museo Renia Sofía



Picasso has many different artistic styles. He was most famous for his paintings but the world also love his drawings!

He has a very freestyle drawing style. Often his drawings are just one line – he would never take his pen off the paper. He also had quite a scribbly drawing style. 🖍

©Pablo Picasso,

Composition 1948


©Succession Picasso/DACS 2020

©Pablo Picasso,

The Bull, state VII, 1945


Light Drawing


Light Drawing is a technique used with a camera that has settings to adjust what we call “long exposure.” 📷


What is Long Exposure?


When you take a photo on a camera, to take the photo, the camera blinks like your eye. When it blinks it takes the photo in good quality. On older cameras, you can keep the camera “eye” open for a long time, for example, 30 seconds!  🌟


When it is open for 30 seconds, it captures everything. So if you are in a dark room, and you wave a light in the air, the 30 second open camera eyes will remember the movement and when it “blinks” you have captured the drawing with the light. Look at the photos below to see how it looks! 💡


Pablo Picasso’s ‘Light Drawings’, 1949

image courtesy LIFE magazine –  Gjon Mili

Fun Fact


Did you know that Picasso has 23 names: Pablo Diego José Francisco de Paula Juan Nepomuceno María de los Remedios Cipriano de la Santísima Trinidad Martyr Patricio Clito Ruíz y Picasso. 😄


Your Go


Why not have a go at drawing a portrait in the style of Picasso? You could look at a photo of a person and instead of drawing realistically, try to break up the different elements into different shapes. So eyes could become rectangles and the ears could be triangles! 🎨


If you have a go at drawing a Picasso portrait, we would love to see it! Tag us on Instagram @artkclub or email a photo to


What next?


Do you want to know what comes before Cubism? Click here to read about Expressionism?


And click here for a book about Pablo Picasso!