How did the artist Pablo Picasso become a painter?

The artist Pablo Picasso painted his first oil painting at just eight years old: El Picador. Picasso pursued his artistic training, attending classes at the Instituto da Guarda where he painted his first portraits in oil and drew caricatures for the magazine La Coruna. The family moved to Barcelona in 1895, where Picasso began taking classes at La Lonja, the academy of fine arts. The artist’s painting The First Communion was presented at the Exhibition of Fine Arts and Industry in Barcelona in 1896. Picasso moved to Madrid for a time in 1897, occasionally attending classes at the Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando in the capital. In the same year, the artist’s work Les Derniers Moments was presented at the Exposition Universelle in Paris.

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