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About Pablo Picasso

Throughout his nearly 80-year career, Pablo Picasso’s creative output was guided by two central principles: his openness to a diverse range of styles, subject matters, and mediums, and his resistance to the notion that change in art corresponds to improvement or progress. “Variation does not mean evolution,” he said. Even though during his life Picasso’s work was heralded as representative of specific artistic movements, such as Cubism, Classicism, and Surrealism, the artist actively embraced the potential for continuous regeneration and mutability.

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Arnold Newman. Pablo Picasso. Gelatin silver print, 12 7/16 x 10 1/16" (31.6 x 25.5 cm). Gift of Gary Davis. The Museum of Modern Art.