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1) Picasso showed his truly exceptional talent from a very young age. His first word was «lapiz» (Spanish for «pencil») and he learned to draw before he could talk.

2) He was the only son in the family and very good-looking, so he was thoroughly spoilt.

3)He hated school and often refused to go there unless his doting parents allowed him to take one of his father’s pet pigeons with him!

4) Apart from pigeons, his great love was art, and when in 1891 his father, who was an amateur artist, got a job as a drawing teacher at a college, Pablo went with him to the college.

5) He often watched his father paint and sometimes was even allowed to help. One evening his father was painting a picture of their pigeons when he had to leave the room.

6) His father returned to find that Pablo had completed the picture, and it was so amazingly beautiful and lifelike that he gave his son his own pallette and brushes and never painted again.

7) At that time Pablo was just 13. From then onwards there was no stopping him. Many people realized that he was a genius but he disappointed those who wanted him to become a traditional painter.

8) He was always breaking the rules of artistic traditions and shocked the public with his strange and powerful pictures.

9 ) He is probably best known for his «Cubist» pictures, which used only simple geometric shapes made up of triangles and squares.

10) His work changed our ideas about art so much that to millions of people modern art means the work of Pablo Picasso.

#1.(…) Under what condition did Pablo agree to attend classes?

#2. (…)When did the young boy reveal his extraordinary inclination for drawing?

#3. (…) Why did his father give up painting?

#4. (…) What is the first association of the artistic people as well as art lovers called forth by Pablo Picasso and his art?

#5. (…)Did he keep up the traditional artistic principles or did he violate them altogether?

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