Picasso was not afraid of experimenting and trying new things.
"I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it," he said.
Picasso was not just a painter. He was also a sculptor, a ceramicist, a printmaker and a stage designer. His vast, diverse artwork is intricately related to his personal life and his historical context.
After cubism Picasso returned to more traditional patterns. This is the Classicist period. He drew portraits of dancers and fell in love with one: Olga Koklova. He married her and they had a son. With the birth of their son Paolo in 1921 he began to focus on the Mother and Child theme.
In 1951 Picasso said to the writer Giovani Papini, ""Today, as you know, I am famous, I am rich. But when I am alone with myself, I haven't the courage to consider myself an artist in the ancient sense of the word. Great painters are people like Giotto, Titian, Rembrandt, Goya. I am only a public entertainer who has understood the times and has exploited as best he could the imbecility, the vanity and the greed of his contemporaries. Mine is a bitter confession, more painful than might seem, but it has the merit of being sincere."
In 1961 he married his last wife, Jaqueline Rogue, with whom he shared the last twelve years of his life. During those years he had an outburst of creativity and painted compulsively. He continued to be obsessed with the theme of the female muse and the artist. His work was charged with eroticism. It might have been the expression of his unconscious mind striving to cling to life against all odds.
He died in 1973 at age 91.