Pablo Picasso’s long life (1881-1973) as a painter, draughtsman and sculptor spanned two World Wars and the Spanish Civil War. He kicked off Cubism and his name will always be synonymous with avant-garde art. The Spanish-born artist is particularly remembered for his angular depiction of five Barcelona prostitutes, Les Demoiselles d'Avignon, and his stunning anti-war painting of the Guernica bombing, but his contribution to the art world is vast.
As arguably the most influential artist of the 20th century, he illustrated many books and countless books have been published detailing aspects of his art from his Blue and Rose Periods to Cubism and his later work took him around the globe. There are also numerous biographies about this man who is believed to have produced more than 50,000 pieces of art including paintings, drawings, prints, sculptures, ceramics and tapestries.With his art fetching some of the highest prices ever seen at auction, books featuring his illustrations have also become highly collectable. However, the Picasso portfolio spreads far and wide, and it’s possible to find long out-of-print books showcasing his art and fascinating retrospectives at affordable prices. One of the most revealing books about him comes from his first wife, Françoise Gilot, who wrote Life with Picasso in 1964.