5 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Picasso

On October 25, 1881, the legendary artist Pablo Picasso was born in Malaga, Spain. Contact your inner muse, and check out these shocking fact you might not know about one of the most important artists of the 20th century...


His Full Name is 23 Words Long The artist was named after various saints and relatives. His full name was Pablo Diego Jose Francisco de Paula Juan Nepomuceno María de los Remedios Cipriano de la Santísima Trinidad Ruiz y Picasso. He adopted his mother's surname, because he thought it suited him better.  Considering Picasso’s real name consisted of 23 words and 103 characters, it was probably a good decision.

His First Word Was "Pencil" In true artist fashion, Picasso’s first word was “piz,” short of “lápiz” the Spanish word for “pencil.” Picasso’s father Ruiz, who was an artist and art professor, gave his child a formal art education from the age of 7. At age nine, Picasso completed his first work, which was named “Le Picador” and featured a man on horseback at a bullfight with audience members in the background.  By the time Picasso was 13, his father gave up painting because he felt Picasso had surpassed him in skill. That year, Picasso began studying at the School of Fine Arts in Barcelona, where his father was a teacher.


It Was Rumored That Picasso Stole Da Vinci’s “Mona Lisa” The famed “Mona Lisa” by Leonardo Da Vinci was stolen from the Louvre in 1911, and Picasso was implicated when the police brought in his friend, poet Guillaume Apollinaire for questioning.  Apollinaire fingered Picasso as the culprit, which caused the police to detain the artist. He was never charged with the theft of the “Mona Lisa,” and the real thief, Vincenzo Peruggia, was caught in 1913 when he tried to sell the pilfered Mona Lisa to an art dealer.

His Iconic Striped Shirt Was No Ordinary Striped Shirt Picasso's iconic shirt is a Breton-striped shirt. In 1858, the navy blue and white striped shirt became the official uniform for French seamen in Brittany.  The 21 horizontal stripes represent each of Napoleon's victories, and the pattern made it easier to spot the sailors from a distance. Coco Chanel brought these shirts to the fashion world in 1917, and they are still very much en vogue.

He Bought Cezanne’s Mountain Picasso was a big admirer of French artist Paul Cezanne. When he found an estate for sale that was located on the side of Mont Sainte-Victoire, which Cezanne had painted at least 30 times, Picasso bought it. He informed his agent that he had just bought the mountains belonging to Cezanne.