Anarchist, rebel and communist… Pablo Picasso was a bit of all that, but he was above all one of the greatest artists of the twentieth century. In 1940, France had already recognized his talent: the country knew everything about his blue and pink period and his liking for cubism. France had already celebrated his painting “Guernica” and his portraits of women. But despite this “interesting contribution to the community” as the police report wrote, France refused to give the painter what he asked for in 1940: the French citizenship. At a time in which Nazi occupation was beginning in France, Picasso had indeed become a “suspect from the national point of view”. Injured by this refusal, Picasso never renewed his request and died as a Spanish man living in France.
His sincere bond with France made him remain an adopted son and eternal child prodigy.
To go further
- “Peintre”, “artiste”, “tableau” are words from the art field. This link invites you to discover a little more of the vocabulary of art.
- The passé simple : “refusa”, “renouvela”, “mourut” are verbs conjugated in the passé simple: find rules and exercises here
Discovering more about the subject
- Draw in the style of Picasso. Give way to your imagination! This game offers you to build or to deconstruct a portrait with the technique of the Spanish painter.
A little analysis of the Demoiselles d’Avignon, one of Picasso’s most famous works