Pablo Picasso – Lessons for success

197aef3fbf88d9823dc0b1804b773af1Pablo Picasso was one of the most productive, most famous and most wealthy artists of the last Century. He was known to be a trailblazing artist who painted in different styles and mediums. His life was scandalous and Picasso was known to be a secretive person, keeping most of his art works with him.
The following are some of the successful practices I have seen in the life of Picasso,and think that these would be of some help to you too.
1. Know the basic skills proficiently
Picasso learnt the basic drawing and painting skills from very young days from his father,who was an art teacher. This basic foundation helped him very much during his life time.
2. Practice is the basis for honing the skills
It is said that Picasso did practice art, by at least sketching, most of the time, from his young days


3. Be methodical in practicing your profession
Picasso not only signed all of his work, but dated them too. If there are several works done in a single day, he always numbered them.

4. Keep a dedicated time to engage in your profession
Picasso had a routine for doing his art work, during afternoons and again at night from 9.00 P.M. until 2.00- 3.00 A.M. of the following day, and sleeping until quite late. If he had visitors for dinner, he would leave them at the time for his art work.

5. Do not get stuck on a style, subject or medium.7d6f3c9259e6fb2b1e3ff437f04fc027
Work in different styles, choose different subjects to draw and paint and use a wide variety of mediums to express yourself.

6. Be innovative and creative
Picasso was never satisfied with what he was doing, and was always on the lookout for new styles, subjects and mediums to try his creative expressions.

7. Do not try to belong to prevailing trends, but find your own way
During the early 20th Century in Paris, there were several new art schools, but Picasso did not join with them, nor did he try to draw and paint according to the prevailing styles. He followed his own way, and the only collaboration he did in his life time was with George Braque, with whom he did work in the style known as “Cubism.”

8. Do not be rattled by criticisms, but carry on regardless.

9. Use art work to express strong emotions,even to shock the viewers.


Some of the work done by Picasso were controversial, starting from his Demoiselles of Avignon to Weeping Women, Guernica and the Massacre in Korea to mention some of such work.

10. Do not try to speak for and justify your work, let the works speak for themselves.
Picasso was averse to discussing his work, and did not even want to caption most of them but was content in letting viewers to decide on the meaning of his work. He never did try to reply to his critiques, but tend to ignore and dismiss them.

Jagath Gunawardana Attorney-at-law

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