Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) was a Spanish painter, sculptor, printmaker, stage designer, playwright and poet. Best known for his Cubist works, he is considered one of the most influential artists of the 20th century.
Picasso was a child prodigy and learned a lot from his father who taught at an art school. Art experts differentiate between various stages in his artistic development, namely the Blue, Rose, African-Influenced, Cubist and Crystal Periods before the painter turned to classicism and surrealism later on. Among his most famous works are "Les Demoiselles d'Avignon" (1907), and "Guernica" (1973), depicting a scene from the Spanish Civil War.
Money rules for the world of art – be it in New York, London or Basel. But nowhere is it more obvious than in Hong Kong where Art Basel opened for its sixth edition. Artworks by Picasso and Andy Warhol were among those sold – but some unknown artists were also in high demand.