Pablo Picasso achieved this pinnacle with his discovery/invention of Cubism in the second decade of the twentieth century. He made a name for himself and became an international star, commanding very respectable prices for his work and settling comfortably into a domesticated middle-age. His trademark Cubistic style was starting to be collected and even imitated. He stood next to Monet and Matisse as one of the three most respected artists in all of France. His services as an artist were in demand wherever he looked, painting, designing posters, sculptures, ceramics, even set and costume designs for the theater. Only a little more than ten years after landing in Paris as a brash young Spaniard, barely out of his teens, not even speaking the language, he was the toast of the art world.
|Deux Femmes Nues Assises, 1917, Pablo Picasso,|
near the beginning of his Classical Period
|Women Running on the Beach, 1922-24, Pablo Picasso,|
near the end of his Classical Period