Pablo Picasso – a man of deep contradictions

October 26, 2008

Pablo Picasso was one of the most prolific artists of the last century. During his 78 year career he produced 13,500 paintings, 100,000 prints and engravings, 34,000 illustrations and 300 sculptures – constituting a total of 147,800 works of art!

Picasso was also a man of deep contradictions. He was a self avowed communist, yet he was also one of the world’s wealthiest artists, leaving his heirs an estate valued at $260 million ($1.5 billion in 2008 dollars) when he died in 1973. Picasso once famously remarked, ‘I like to live like a poor man, except with lots of money’!