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Listen&Learn: Pablo Picasso

Jaksyn Peacock
Learn about the creator of the Cubist art movement.

Pre-listening vocabulary

  • exhibit: a showing of an artist’s works at a gallery
  • pioneer: someone who invents or develops something new
  • deconstruct: to break something down into different parts
  • angle: a position that something is viewed from
  • Cubism: an art style that showed objects from multiple angles
  • Surrealism: an art style inspired by dreams

Listening activity

Gapfill exercise

Pablo Picasso was a Spanish . He was born in 1881, in Málaga, Spain. When he was just 14 years old, Picasso was accepted into an art school in Barcelona. He had his first exhibit in Paris in 1901, and he moved there three years later. Throughout his life, Picasso became very . He was best known for being a pioneer of the Cubist art movement. Along with French artist Georges Braque, he created that deconstructed and showed multiple angles at once. However, he also experimented with many other art forms, including and Surrealist painting. Picasso died in 1973, at age 91. He is known today as one of the most important artists of the 20th century.

Comprehension questions

1. At age 14, Picasso was accepted into an art school in

Correct! Wrong!

At age 14, Picasso was accepted into an art school in Barcelona.

2. Picasso was known for developing

Correct! Wrong!

Picasso was known for developing Cubism.

3. The Cubist movement involved

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The Cubist movement involved art that deconstructed objects.

Discussion/essay questions

  1. Art is very subjective. Everyone has different opinions about it. What do you think makes art “good”? Why?

Transcript

Pablo Picasso was a Spanish artist. He was born in 1881, in Málaga, Spain. When he was just 14 years old, Picasso was accepted into an art school in Barcelona. He had his first exhibit in Paris in 1901, and he moved there three years later. Throughout his life, Picasso became very famous. He was best known for being a pioneer of the Cubist art movement. Along with French artist Georges Braque, he created paintings that deconstructed objects and showed multiple angles at once. However, he also experimented with many other art forms, including sculpture and Surrealist painting. Picasso died in 1973, at age 91. He is known today as one of the most important artists of the 20th century.

Written and recorded by Jaksyn Peacock for EnglishClub

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