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On This Day… The Death Of Pablo Picasso

Written by: George Chittenden : 15 Jul 2019

It was on this day, 8th April, back in 1973 when the most influential and prolific painter of the 20th century, Pablo Picasso, passed away at the grand old age of ninety-one. During his lifetime Picasso produced an estimated fifty-thousand items of artwork. He achieved universal renowned for his revolutionary artistic accomplishments.

He had critics too, including Adolf Hitler, who thought of himself as a connoisseur of the arts, ferociously attacked modern art as degenerate, including Cubism in his book Mein Kampf. The Fuhrer considered Picasso’s work degenerate, and consequently a number of his paintings were burnt. Picasso and his brilliance survived the war though.

Château of Vauvenargues

Château of Vauvenargues

The cause of his death was pulmonary edema, an accumulation of water in the lungs. Picasso’s wife, Jacqueline, summoned the family physician, but by the time he arrived just ten minutes later, the Spanish-born painter, who during his life had provoked several revolutions in modern art was dead. He was buried at Château of Vauvenargues in France.

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