ZenART's Membership Plans Terms & Conditions

(Updates effective 17/08/2020)

These terms and conditions (“Terms and Conditions”) govern the ZenART Supplies Rewards & Referral Plan as well as Subscribe & Save Plan (“Membership Plans”), and members of the programs will earn zen coins in connection with the purchase of qualifying online products and online activities that are redeemable towards the purchase of certain products online. For the re-occurring members (Subscribe & Save Plan) this includes exclusive gifts & content.


  • Free. No purchase is necessary to obtain membership in the Rewards & Referral Program, but you must establish an account at https://shop.zenartsupplies.co/account/register . Please see our privacy policy, located here, to understand how information you provide us will be used. This program is void where prohibited.
  • Eligibility. In order to be eligible for the Rewards & Referral Program, you must create an account as outlined in these Terms and Conditions. You may create an account if you are at least seventeen (17) years of age, have Internet access, and have a valid mailing address. If you are between the ages of 17 and 18, you must have your parent’s permission to register for an account. If you choose to create an account, you are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of your account, username and password and for restricting access to your account. You are responsible for keeping such information current, complete, accurate and truthful. You agree to accept responsibility for all activities that occur under your account, username and/or password. You agree to provide only current, complete, accurate and truthful information. If you are accessing and using the Site on someone else’s behalf, you represent that you have the authority to bind that person as the principal to all Terms and Conditions provided herein, and to the extent you do not have such authority you agree to be bound to these Terms and Conditions and to accept liability for harm caused by any wrongful use of the Site or Content resulting from such access or use. You may only have one member account per natural person. Persons who are discovered to have more than one account forfeit their zen coins and will be unsubscribed from the Loyalty Program.
  • How To Enroll in the Rewards & Referral Program. (a) Create an account: Visit www.zenartsupplies.com (the "Site" or "Online") and become a registered user of the Site. Click here to be taken directly to the registration page. You will be asked for your first and last name, your email address, and a password. You will also be given the option to sign up for our newsletter. Once you have submitted the requisite information, you will be sent an email to the address you listed confirming your membership. Once you have confirmed your email address, you are automatically enrolled in the Reward & Referral Program and are a member (“Member”).
  • How to Access/Change Your Member Information. You must keep your personal information on your Account up-to-date. To do so, click on the "My Account" section and access your account by entering your registered email address and current password. From your dashboard you can access your account information; review your current and past orders; change your profile; manage your subscriptions and applications, and access your previous purchases.
  • How to Cancel Your Membership. You may cancel an account at any time. To cancel your account, please send an email to support@zenartsupplies.co and write “cancel membership” in the subject line. The email must come from the account currently listed on our servers as being associated with your Rewards & Referral Program. If you no longer have access to that email address, please email our customer service department and we will verify your status and cancel your account. Upon cancellation, you are no longer a member, and any unused zen coins accrued in your account will be forfeited and cannot be redeemed. Zen coins maintain their value only on valid accounts in good standing, and except as otherwise provided here for redemption, have no cash value outside of their redemption value on the Site.


  • General Members can earn zen coins on the purchase of qualifying online products at zenartsupplies.co. To receive zen coins for your Online purchases, you must be signed into your account. You may check at any time to see if you are signed in to the Site by looking in the upper right-hand corner of the site. Gift cards do not qualify for zen coins. Other products that do not qualify for zen coins are noted on the Site.
  • Earning Rate. Members earn 5 sen coins for every $1.00 spent on qualifying purchases (in other words, one (5) zen coins for every one dollar ($1) spent). Zen coins are based on your order subtotal, after any discounts, only. Zen coins are rounded down to the nearest whole number. For example, if you spend $9.99, you will receive 9 zen coins. The calculation is as follows: $9.99 x 1 zen coins per dollar = 9.99 zen coins, which is rounded down to 9 zen coins. This program started on August 17, 2020, and initial levels were set on the 2020 amount spent on ordering products. Note: Shipping and Taxes are not taken into consideration. If an item is return and/or price adjusted that will also be removed from your rewards calculations.
  • Gift Cards. Gift card purchases are not eligible to receive zen coins. However, once a gift card is redeemed, zen coins will be awarded to the recipient for the subtotal after any gift card values, provided s/he is logged into the account, as outlined in these Terms and Conditions.
  • Addition of Zen Coins to Accounts. Zen Coins will be added to your Account under the following conditions, and will generally show up immediately. You will receive zen coins:
    • At the time of account registration
    • During the purchase of qualifying products
    • For other activities outlined on the Site that may show up from time to time. Note that for these other activities, including “bonus zen coins” accumulations and other zen coin promotions, zen coins may show as “pending,” depending upon the activity.
    • Joining the Birthday Club. Birthdate must be entered 30 days before your Birthday to qualify.
    • For Liking the ZenART Supplies Facebook page and sharing the ZenART Supplies Facebook page with your following. This is good one time only.
    • Following ZenART Supplies on Instagram. This is good one time only.
    • Referring a friend to ZenART Supplies. Your account will be automatically awarded the discount only if the referral friend used the link sent to them from your referral account and makes a qualifying purchase. Discount will automatically be applied to account if stipulations are met.
  • Exclusions. Members earn zen coins only on the purchase price of: (i) qualifying online products. Calculation of zen coins excludes payment by the Member for shipping charges and all taxes, including without limitation, federal, state, and local taxes or use taxes. Zen Coins will not be earned on any discounts or other credits offered in connection with a product or service. For example, if a product that is normally $50 is on sale for $25, a Member will only earn zen coins on the purchase price of $25. Purchases of gift cards, redemption of vouchers, and any type of price adjustments, including merchandise returns, are not eligible for zen coins. All purchases made: (i) by a Member prior to such member joining the Program, (ii) Online without a Member being logged onto the Website with the Member's Account number linked to the Member's Online account, are not eligible for Reward & Referral Program credit. The purchase of ZenART Supplies products outside the Zenartsupplies.co website are not eligible for the Reward & Referral Program.
  • Returns/Order Cancellations. Zen Coins earned for a purchase that is then the subject of a return, cancellation, refund, declined credit card or gift card, or other credit will be deducted from your account in an amount equal to the zen coins earned for the original transaction, including any bonus zen coins that may be applicable. Any rewards discounts that are applied to the order, will be distributed equally to the applicable items in the order when completing a return. Zen Coins redeemed on an order will not be reapplied back to your rewards account for any reason on a returned order. If a return/cancellation will cause your account to have a negative zen coin balance, you will not begin earning zen coins again until your zen coins balance is returned to zero (0), by making purchases, or engaging in other promotional activities offered from time to time. If an item is exchanged (different product) any redeemed rewards on the initial purchase may be transferred to the exchange one (1) time only. Rewards used on an order that is canceled cannot be reapplied as they are good for just one use.
  • Bonus Zen Coins Promotions. From time to time, ZenART Supplies may run certain bonus zen coin promotions. Under bonus zen coin promotions, Members can earn additional or "bonus zen coins" in connection with the purchase of certain online products. When you purchase these specially marked products or make the purchase during a bonus zen coins time period, you will earn bonus zen coins on each product, as specified in the offer. Bonus zen coin promotions are subject to the terms and conditions of the offer and may be offered at any time in ZenART Supplies sole discretion. Bonus zen coin offers cannot be combined with any other offer.
  • Limitations on Bonus Zen Coins and Zen Coins, Generally. These terms apply to zen coins and bonus zen coins accruals. If you purchase a product during a promotion and the product comes with an additional, free product, zen coins will not be issued on the retail value of the free product. If you redeem zen coins towards the purchase of a product and pay a portion of the retail price after the zen coin's redemption, you will receive zen coins only on the leftover retail amount you pay, and not on any value attributed to the zen coin you used. If you redeem zen coins towards the purchase of a product in an amount equal to the full price of the product, you will not earn any zen coins.
  • Non-purchase Options for Earning Zen Coins. You may also earn additional zen coins on non-purchase activities. From time to time, ZenART Supplies may offer you the chance to win various prizes, and earn zen coins, for entering into promotions. For sweepstakes promotions, there is NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO PLAY OR TO WIN. Rules and restrictions will apply to such promotions and may be found on the entry page of any promotion.
  • Referring a friend to ZenART Supplies. Email a friend an $8 off coupon on $50 order by clicking “ Earn Zen Coins” then “ Refer a Friend”. Enter the email address of a friend who has not purchased with ZenART Supplies before (if your referral has shopped with us before the referral link will be automatically voided by the system). A referral link will be sent to your friend with an $8 off coupon on a $50 order. $8 off coupon on $50 order will automatically be rewarded to your account only if the referral friend used the link sent to them from your referral account and makes a qualifying first-time purchase with ZenART Supplies. Your Referral friend will receive an $8 off coupon on $50 order, 200 zen coins for signing up, and zen coins from their first purchase made while signed into their new ZenART Supplies account.


  • How To Use Your Zen Coins. Zen Coins must be used in increments outlined in these Terms and Conditions. The maximum number of zen coins that may be used in a single transaction is 10,000 zen coins. Zen Coins may only be used Online at the ZenART Supplies website. Zen Coins towards Products: Members can use their zen coins to reduce the purchase price of a product or to receive a product for free based on the following scale:
    • 500 zen coins = $5.00 off
    • 1,000 zen coins = $10.00 off your at least $50 order
    • 1,500 zen coins = $15.00 off your at least $50 order
    • 2,500 zen coins = $25.00 off your at least $50 order

    Zen Coins can only be redeemed in any combination of the zen coin and increment amounts set forth above. Redemption of zen coins towards purchases of products is subject to product availability. Any rewards discounts that are applied to the order, will be distributed equally to the applicable items in the order when completing a return.

  • Gift cards. Once available, zen coins cannot be used towards the purchase of gift cards. Gift card redemption, however, is eligible for zen coins. Zen Coins accrued pursuant to the use of a gift card will benefit the gift card user, provided the user has an account in accordance with these Terms and Conditions.
  • To Redeem your Zen Coins. Before you begin shopping with us, sign in to your Shop account on our site. Select “Redeem Zen Coins” from the red tab housed in the lower left-hand corner of the screen and select the amount of zen coins you would like to redeem. You will be issued a custom code that you can copy and paste into the discount bar during check out (Please note - only one code can be used). Your total payment amount will be discounted by the amount of zen coins you allocate to the purchase. Note that zen coins may only be redeemed for the purchase price of the product. Sales tax, shipping, and other handling charges assessed in addition to the price of the product are your responsibility and zen coins may not be used to discount these additional charges.
  • Exclusions. Only one account per natural person. Only one discount code can be redeemed per transaction. Rewards redemption codes may not be combined with any other discount codes. Zen Coins may not be transferred or gifted at this time. Zen Coins cannot be used on past purchases. Zen Coins accumulated on different accounts by different members may not be combined or aggregated to make purchases of products or for any other reason. Zen Coins earned in a transaction cannot be redeemed in the same transaction. Redeemed zen coins cannot be retroactively applied to any past order or receive a price adjustment on any order where redeemed zen coins were not applied. Zen Coins have no cash value outside of the ZenART Supplies website and are available only to members in good standing.
  • Zen Coins Expiration and Time Lapses. All zen coins acquired, whether standard zen coins or bonus zen coins, shall expire 180 days from the date the zen coins are added to your account. Zen Coins expire 180 days from the date in which they were assigned to your account. Specific onsite activities in which zen coins will be awarded are set to accrue zen coins based on a time-lapse at the discretion of ZenART Supplies.
    • Sign up: zen coins are added to your account instantly
    • Order: zen coins are added to your account when your order is placed.
  • Once zen coins are redeemed, a discount code will be assigned and we are unable to cancel the discount code and reapply the zen coins to your Reward & Referral account. Discount codes generated by redeeming zen coins do not expire until used. They are a one-time use code, so once it is used it is gone. If an order is returned zen coins will not be reinstated.

4. Subscribe & Save Plan

  • Re-occurring purchase. Purchase is necessary in order to participate in this plan. The plan is worth $6.95 and will be charged to your account on the same date of the month that you purchased the plan, i.e. if you purchased the plan on 19th of January, you will be charged for the plan on the 19th of each month you are a Subscribe & Save Plan member.
  • 15% re-occurring discount. As a member of the subscribe & Save Plan, you are eligible for a 15% discount every time you put an order in place. You are qualified for the discount as soon as you purchase the plan.
  • Cancellation. After a purchase made with a Subscribe & Save Plan, you are not able to get a refund for the plan for the month the purchase was valid for but you can cancel for the following months.
  • Free samples & accessories. These are included for members of Subscribe & Save Plan only. These are not included in each order but the member will be informed when they will receive "extras" in their order.
  • Access to exclusive content. Exclusive access to tutorials, guides, tips & tricks in video, pdf, or audio format will be part of the membership program. Not all exclusive content is available but what is and will be available is up to ZenART Supplies sole discretion.


  • By registering with Zenartsupplies.co and joining the Reward & Referral Program, you agree to be bound by the terms and conditions set forth in these Terms and Conditions, as well as any other terms that may be associated with the Reward & Referral Program. ZenART Supplies reserves the right to cancel, modify, suspend or restrict the Reward & Referral Program, your account, the redemption of zen coins, or any aspect of the Program, including, without limitation, the zen coin conversion ratio and the zen coin expiration policy at any time. Any changes can be made without advance notice. ZenART Supplies may make these changes even though such changes may affect your ability to use zen coins already accumulated. You are responsible for remaining knowledgeable about the Program Terms and Conditions. A Member's zen coins balance, as reflected in ZenART Supplies records, shall be deemed correct. ZenART Supplies reserves the right to determine the amount of zen coins in any Member's account based on ZenART Supplies' internal records related to such Member's account. In the event of an inconsistency between the amount accrued in a Member's account as stated on any Member's receipt and ZenART Supplies internal records, ZenART Supplies internal records will control. ZenART Supplies assumes no responsibility for errors caused by incorrect Member information. Your right to transfer zen coins earned or granted under the Program is strictly limited. The sale of zen coins is prohibited and may result in the confiscation or cancellation of your zen coins as well as suspension or termination of your membership, which in each case shall be final and conclusive. All transactions involving zen coins and all Member accounts are subject to review and verification by ZenART Supplies. The zen coins balance in a Member's account may be unavailable for use when an account or transaction is under review. ZenART Supplies may revoke any Member's membership in the Reward & Referral Program at any time if such Member engages in abuse of the Reward & Referral Program or fails to follow the terms and conditions of the Program. Fraud or abuse relating to the accrual of zen coins or redemption of rewards may result in revocation of membership in the Program and may affect a Member's eligibility for participation in any other ZenART Supplies program, present or future. Zen Coins are non-transferable and cannot be redeemed for cash. The interpretation and application of the Program's Terms and Conditions are at the sole discretion and determination of ZenART Supplies. For more information or other questions, click on Contact Us.
  • The Terms and Conditions of the loyalty program are subject to change at ZenART Supplies’ sole discretion at any time and without notice to customers. Upon customer’s at-will termination of their Zenartsupplies.com registered account, or if a customer is termination for violation of these Terms and Conditions or other activities in violation of the intent and good faith intended use of this Site, all zen coins will immediately be forfeited and will no longer be redeemable. ZenART Supplies will make reasonable efforts to award zen coins as outlined above to all 1. registered and 2. qualifying Zenartsupplies.co customers but is not responsible for any technical or unforeseen errors that may occur.
  • Zen Coins are nontransferable, nonredeemable for cash, are nonrefundable and are not valid outside of Zenartsupplies.co. Purchases made outside Zenartsupplies.co are not valid for zen coin accrual (this includes, but is not limited to Facebook resell groups, Ebay, and Amazon).
  • Employees of ZenART Supplies are not eligible to participate in the Reward & Referral Program.

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Who Was Pablo Picasso?

Who Was Pablo Picasso?

No other artist in history has had such influence on the art world as Pablo Picasso. Everyone has heard of him. They may not know his work, but they know his name. The Spanish artist became one of the most renowned artists of his time, if not of all time. 

You’ll recognize a Picasso painting for being, well, weird—deformed people and objects made of a vibrant mix of shapes. That’s Cubism for you. This revolutionary art style paved the way for new artistic possibilities like modern and abstract art. 

You could say that, without Pablo Picasso, we wouldn’t have abstract art as we know it today. In honor of the great multi-hyphenate artist, let’s go through Pablo Picasso’s life one fun fact and famous work at a time.

What was Pablo Picasso known for?

"Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up." - Pablo Picasso

"Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up." - Pablo Picasso

Name: Pablo Ruiz Picasso

Date of Birth: October 25, 1881

Place of Birth: Málaga, Spain

Date of Death: April 8, 1973 

Place of Death: Mougins, France

Known for: Painting the Guernica, pioneering Cubism, and changing the course of art history by making contributions to Symbolism and Surrealism

Fun facts about Pablo Picasso

Pablo Picasso's self portraits through the years

Most people only know Pablo Picasso’s name, and that he was a great artist. But what about his life’s story? Learn a little more about one of the most influential artists of the 20th century—if not all time! Here are some facts about Pablo Picasso that you may or may not know.

Pablo Picasso’s full name is 23 words long!

Above, we shortened his name to include his mother’s maiden name and father’s last name. Pablo Picasso has such a fun name to say. It rolls off the tongue. But his baptismal name is a tongue-twister. 

He was baptized Pablo Diego José Francisco de Paula Juan Nepomuceno María de los Remedios Cipriano de la Santísima Trinidad Ruiz y Picasso. Well, that was a mouthful. His name combines those of relatives and saints.

Pablo Picasso was born to María Picasso y López and art teacher Don José Ruiz y Blasco. His father was descended from minor Spanish aristocrats.

His first words may have foretold his legacy

According to his mother, young Pablo Picasso’s first words were “piz, piz” or a shortened form of lápiz, meaning “pencil.” And it was no wonder that young Pablo Picasso started to show artistic promise in his early childhood.

His father, José Ruiz, began teaching him formal art lessons. Pablo Picasso was only 7 years old when he started! Ruiz, however, was a traditionalist. He believed that true artistic training involved learning the techniques of the masters. Picasso’s early artistic education gave him theoretical and precise skills that he would, later on, abandon for more experimental and surreal forms.

He was seen as a bad student—but it’s now widely believed that he was dyslexic

Pablo Picasso was so engrossed in bettering his artwork that he neglected his schoolwork. He may have been a child prodigy in the arts, but he struggled to read, write, and keep up at school. So much so that he was often sent out of the classroom. During his punishment, Picasso would just pull out a sketchbook and draw.

He struggled to express himself through words and complained of constantly changing letters. A teacher even said he had “reading blindness.” All telltale signs of dyslexia, a learning disability that affects how a person processes speech and letters. But it doesn’t affect one’s intelligence—you can be smart in other ways, just as Picasso was an artistic genius. 

Perhaps it’s his dyslexia that influenced his most famous Cubist works.

He stood trial for supposedly stealing the Mona Lisa

In 1911, the Mona Lisa was stolen from the Louvre Museum. The theft of Leonardo da Vinci’s enigmatic masterpiece caused a worldwide scandal that led to an intense investigation. The French borders were shut and for days a team of 60 detectives searched for clues and suspects. One of them was the avant-garde poet Guillaume Apollinaire who instead pointed the finger at his “friend” Pablo Picasso.

Though the two didn’t steal the Mona Lisa, they weren’t exactly innocent either. Picasso had two ancient—but stolen!—Iberian statues in his Paris apartment. Fearing deportation, Apollinaire and Picasso meant to dump the relics into the Seine. Eventually, they returned the statues to the Paris Journal hoping for immunity. The police detained Apollinaire and then Picasso anyway.

Pablo Picasso stood trial for the theft. But since neither he nor Guillaume Apollinaire was involved in the Mona Lisa’s disappearance, the judge let them go.

Two years later, the Mona Lisa resurfaced. It was stolen by a former Louvre employee, an Italian named Vincenzo Peruggia who believed Leonardo da Vinci’s work belonged in his home country.

Ironically, Pablo Picasso has the most stolen artworks in the world

According to the Guinness Book of World Records, Pablo Picasso is the most prolific painter—but he’s also the world’s most stolen artist. In his lifetime, Picasso created an estimated 13,500 paintings, 100,000 prints, 34,000 illustrations, and 300 sculptures. 

From such a huge body of work, over 1,100 paintings are still missing. 

The most recent finding? A possible lost Picasso was seen in the home of Imelda Marcos, the former first lady of the Philippines and widow of former president and dictator Ferdinand Marcos Sr.

Though best known for painting, Picasso was an all-around artist 

Pablo Picasso is an archetypal artist. He never stopped creating and wasn’t afraid to try—and master—different art mediums and techniques. He considered himself primarily a painter, mostly working with oil paint, but he also dabbled in other art forms.

At the time of his death, Picasso left behind some 45,000 unsold artworks—a mix of paintings, prints, drawings, sculptures and ceramics, sketchbooks, and even tapestries.

He was quite notorious for having many mistresses

portraits of Pablo Picasso's mistresses: (left to right) Marie-Therese Walter, Françoise Gilot, and Jacquelin Roque

Portraits of Pablo Picasso's mistresses (left to right): Marie-Therese Walter, Françoise Gilot, and Jacquelin Roque

Almost every great artist had a muse who inspired them to create beautiful works. Pablo Picasso had many. He had two wives, six (well-known) mistresses, and a slew of short-term affairs. The many women who came in and out of Picasso’s life inspired his work and artistic process. Emotion and eroticism become central themes in his work, after all. 

We see these muses immortalized in his work: bohemian artist Fernande Olivier, model Eva Gouel, ballet dancer and first wife Olga Khokhlova, model Marie-Thérèse Walter, surrealist photographer Dora Maar, artist Françoise Gilot, and his second wife Jacqueline Roque.

His relationships were complicated, to say the least. Some women later opened up about their relationships with the artist. His treatment of women leaves a lot to be desired.

Picasso was survived by four children through three women: Paulo with Olga Khokhlova, Maya with Marie-Thérèse Walter, and Claude and Paloma with Françoise Gilot.

Picasso’s art style was always changing

Pablo Picasso paintings: blue period, african period, surrealist period

So why is Pablo Picasso one of the most celebrated artists in history? Just take a look at his progression throughout his colossal body of work. 

He once said, “It took me four years to paint like Raphael, but a lifetime to paint like a child.” We see this childlike style emerge over several artistic periods. 

Early Works

For the first two decades of his life, Picasso painted in a realist style. This traditional and academic style was taught to him by his father. He mostly enjoyed painting portraits and Catholic scenes and imagery.

Blue Period (1901-1904) 

Abandoning realism, Picasso’s works become sad and, well, blue. This period often shows gaunt figures in despair or poverty—influenced by his friend Carles Casagemas’ suicide and a trip through Spain.

Rose Period (1904-1906)

Picasso’s art quite literally lightens both in color and by subject matter. As the name suggests, Picasso’s Rose Period is characterized by his use of oranges, pinks, and reds. If it’s a Picasso with circus people, it’s likely from this period.

African Art Period

Inspired by Oceanic and African artifacts at the Ethnographic Museum, Pablo Picasso let go of a traditional portrayal of human figures. Though Picasso’s African period maintains the warm color palette of the Rose Period, his forms are more geometric and abstracted. Much like African masks and statues.

Analytical Cubism

Picasso’s Cubist period can be divided into two: Analytical Cubism and Synthetic Cubism. Together with Georges Braque, Pablo Picasso created a style that would change all of modern art. They “analyzed” objects, took them apart, and recreated their shapes on the canvas. This period is characterized by monochromatic palettes and geometric forms.

Synthetic Cubism

Also known as Crystal Cubism, as the paintings resembled little gems, this style was a further development of cubism. Picasso would often cut and paste paper shapes to form images. His work in this period is more colorful and even marks the first use of collage for fine art. 


In 1917, Picasso visited Italy for the first time and was inspired by Renaissance paintings. He began to adopt a style that revived classical Greco-Roman art. Yet in true Picasso fashion, his figurative paintings have some feel of abstraction to them.


Following his neoclassic era, Picasso went back to, well, painting weirdly. His style at this time was classified as surrealist—distorted faces, features, and bodies. Picasso may not have been a surrealist but his paintings heavily influenced artists from this movement.

War and Post-War Years

For the next two decades, war broke out across Europe. First, the Spanish Civil War and then World War II. During this time, Picasso’s works are heavily affected by the terror, inhumanity, and despair of war. Picasso also wrote poetry to cope with what was happening.

Later works

Picasso never stopped painting and experimenting with his art style. His later works up until his death can’t even be categorized into specific art styles. Though mature in age, his later and final works look a lot more childlike, while still drawing from his previous periods.

Famous paintings throughout Pablo Picasso’s art periods

Picasso was a pioneer of Cubism and modern art in general. He never stayed stuck in one style for too long. His style is always moving and changing. Let’s look at some of his most famous works throughout the major art periods of his life. 

Portrait of the Artist’s Mother (1896) Museu Picasso, Barcelona, Spain

Portrait of the Artist's Mother (1896) Pablo Picasso

Before he began experimenting with art styles, Picasso painted like the maestros—with close attention to detail and realistic proportions and forms. One of Picasso’s most beautiful portraits is this one which he made for his mother, María Picasso López. The two were quite close during his childhood. Here we see the artist’s mother sleeping. It’s such a simple yet vulnerable and sweet moment.

Another fun fact: Pablo Picasso used his mother’s surname not just to honor her but also to distinguish himself from his artist father. 

The Old Guitarist (1904) Art Institute of Chicago, U.S.

The Old Guitarist (1904) Pablo Picasso

The image of the guitar becomes a recurring motif in Picasso’s work throughout his life. This one is perhaps the most famous painting from Picasso’s Blue Period—a time of great emotional pain for the artist. Like many paintings from this time, The Old Guitarist is almost completely done in blue colors. This painting is so poignant. Though old and weak, the guitarist holds on to hope: his music.

Portrait of Gertrude Stein (1906) Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, U.S.

Portrait of Gertrude Stein (1906) Pablo Picasso

“Rose is a rose is a rose is a rose,” once wrote American poet Gertrude Stein. And here she is, painted by Pablo Picasso during his Rose Period.

The famous writer was also an avid collector and patron of the arts. Gertrude Stein’s friendship and patronage paved the way for Picasso’s success during the Belle Époque in Paris. 

Every Saturday evening, she would open her home—fondly called the Stein salon—to the greatest minds, artists, and writers of the century. She entertained the likes of Pablo Picasso, Ernest Hemingway, the Fitzgeralds, Henri Matisse, and Francis Picabia. The gatherings at the Stein salon fueled the birth and rise of modernism in literature and art.

Les Demoiselles d’Avignon (1907) Museum of Modern Art, New York, U.S.

Les Demoiselles d’Avignon (1907) Pablo Picasso

This painting marks a radical shift not just for Picasso’s style but for modern art as a whole. Picasso foregoes traditional perspective and composition and instead focuses on expression. In Les Demoiselles, we see five nude women whose faces and bodies were inspired by African masks and Iberian sculpture. Hence, Picasso’s African period. 

Les Demoiselles d’Avignon marks the beginning of Picasso’s breakthrough before Cubism. Picasso’s groundbreaking painting shattered all conventions and remains an essential piece in the history of modern art.

Girl with Mandolin (1910) Museum of Modern Art, New York, U.S.

Girl with Mandolin (1910) Pablo Picasso

Here’s one of Picasso’s early works in the Analytic Cubist style. It’s a peak example of his (alleged) quote, “Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist.” 

Just like with figure painting, Picasso sat down and painted the subject directly in front of him. But with some pretty radical modifications. He “analyzed” the subject and deconstructed it into geometric shapes. Thus, he developed a new way of representing a subject through painting. Compared to his other works, Picasso’s cubist era takes on monochromatic colors to form a unified image.

Still Life with Chair Caning (1912) Musée Picasso, Paris, France

Still Life with Chair Caning (1912) Pablo Picasso

This may look like a hodgepodge of shapes and letters. In a way, that’s exactly what Picasso intended. And that’s what makes this a notable piece in modern art. Picasso followed the style of his co-Cubist Georges Braque and created one of the first instances of collage in fine art.

It’s an avant-garde move on Picasso’s part. He took a still life of an everyday occurrence and remade it in his own style. It’s hard to see at first, so take a longer look. Spot and identify the objects Picasso aims to represent. Can you see the knife, the bowl, the glass, the fruit, the paper, and the pipe?

Two Women Running on the Beach (The Race) (1922) Musée Picasso, Paris, France

Two Women Running on the Beach (The Race) (1922) Pablo Picasso

Before Picasso went full-on surrealist, he had a neoclassical phase. As an art movement, Neoclassicism was a revival of, well, the classic style of Rome and Greece. Think the Renaissance of the Renaissance. 

Picasso had just come from a trip to Italy and was inspired to paint timeless themes and scenes from antiquity. But we’re talking about Picasso, so his paintings from this time weren’t exactly classical. They still have distorted figures, though not as pronounced as what he did during his Cubist period. 

The scene feels Greco-Roman. You’re reminded of mythological nymphs. But Picasso adds his stylistic twist: a skewed perspective, a playful disregard for bodily proportion.

Guernica (1937) Museo Reina Sofia, Madrid, Spain

Guernica (1937) Pablo Picasso

Now onto what’s said to be Picasso’s most powerful political statement: the colossal Guernica. A masterpiece that would become the most moving anti-war painting of all time. It was created to depict the horror, despair, and inhumanity of war. Picasso painted this massive work in his Paris home as a response to the bombing of the Basque town Guernica during the Spanish Civil War.

The distorted forms and faces lend to the pain of the piece. At a mammoth size spanning 11 feet (3.5 meters) tall and 25.6 feet (7.7 meters) wide, one’s natural response to seeing the work is to be overwhelmed with grief.

Chicago Picasso (1967) Daley Plaza, Chicago, U.S.

Chicago Picasso in the Daley Plaza, Chicago

It’s difficult to classify and condense Picasso’s late work into one specific style or most famous piece. So we’ll leave you with another one of his controversial works. This time, a monumental sculpture. 

Picasso was commissioned by architects of the Richard J. Daley Center in downtown Chicago to decorate the plaza. As with many of Picasso’s works, the steel sculpture was met with negative criticism. Prior to its unveiling, public statues around the city were mostly of historical figures. It was Pablo Picasso’s untitled monument that made Chicagoans first encounter—and later love—contemporary art.

What’s your favorite Pablo Picasso painting?

We hope you enjoyed looking into the life and works of Pablo Picasso. Now we’d like to know what you think about him! Any favorite paintings or pieces from his life? Which of his art periods is your favorite? Sound off in the comments below!

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