Early Period

Picasso’s artistic training began under his father, a drawing teacher and decorator, before the year 1890. Starting at a young age, the artist was able to portray a life model on paper with striking resemblance. His first oil painting, Picador (1889), was painted at the age of eight. Noticing the promise and skill that his son possessed, Picasso’s father started to involve him in interior decorative painting where he had to paint pigeons’ legs (hence the prominence of pigeons and doves in the artist’s later oeuvre). Read more