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The Evolution of Picasso’s Self Portrait Technique Over the Course of 8 Decades

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Pablo Picasso once said that ”The different styles I have been using in my art must not be seen as an evolution, or as steps towards an unknown ideal of painting…Different themes inevitably require different methods of expression. This does not imply either evolution or progress; it is a matter of following the idea one wants to express and the way in which one wants to express it”. This quote on its own justifies why there are so many differences between the artist’s first portraits and his last ones.

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Age 15 (1896).

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Age 18 (1900).

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Age 25 (1907).

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Age 35 (1917).

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Age 56 (1938).

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Age 83 (1965).

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Age 89 (1971).

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Age 90 (June 28, 1972).

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Like almost every young artist, Pablo started on a more realistic base and later started using his famous geometrical style. Maybe he does not consider it an evolution in art, but it surely is the style that gave him the name that he has today.

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