What Inspired Pablo Picasso to Paint?

Pablo Picasso was originally inspired to paint by his father, who was an artist and drawing teacher. Later, Picasso was inspired by both known and unknown artists, including Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec and Paul Cezanne.

One of the world’s most eminent figures of the 20th century, the Spanish artist Pablo Picasso had a number of inspirations during his illustrious career, starting with one of his parents. Picasso’s father, Jose Ruiz y Blasco, was a painter, art teacher and museum curator.

Jose Ruiz y Blasco taught his son art during the early years, with the boy producing his first painting at 9 years of age. Picasso began with traditional realist works in the 19th century-style, including figurative painting, portraits and landscapes. After becoming aware of his teenage son’s artistic talent, Picasso’s father sent him to the School of Fine Arts in Barcelona, according to Wake Forest University.

The artists Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec and Edvard Munch were inspirations for Picasso when he was creating his Symbolism works, which went on to develop into paintings in his Blue Period. On route toward developing the style for his influential Cubist works, Picasso was inspired by Henri Rousseau, Paul Cezanne and a range of unknown artists who created tribal and archaic works.