How did the painter Pablo Picasso become famous?

The painter Pablo Picasso started to make a name for himself when he settled permanently in Paris in 1904, moving into the “Bateau-Lavoir” building in Montmartre at the heart of the city’s vibrant art scene. The Galerie Berthe Weill exhibited Picasso’s paintings on several occasions in Paris. It was during this period that Picasso met several important collectors, including the Americans Leo and Gertrude Stein and the Russian Sergei Shchukin. It was Guillaume Apollinaire who introduced Picasso to Georges Braque in 1907. The two artists made an instant connection, on both a personal and artistic level. Through their joint artistic investigations, the two artists developed analytical cubism and then synthetic cubism. Picasso created his iconic painting Les Demoiselles d’Avignon in the same year. The artist was 26 years old. The famous gallery owner Daniel-Henry Kahnweiler became Picasso’s art dealer at around that time. The term “cubism” was used for the first time in an art review written by the art critic Louis Vauxcelles in 1908. The artist Pablo Picasso exhibited in New York for the first time in 1919  at the Stieglitz Gallery. In 1913, Picasso was invited to take part in the renowned Armory Show in New York, a showcase of early 20th-century avant-garde artists. Picasso sent eight works to be presented at the show. In addition, the Thannhaüser Gallery in Munich organised the first major retrospective dedicated to the artist in Germany.

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