PICASSO FACT 1: WHY DID PICASSO ADOPT AN ITALIAN NAME?
PICASSO FACT 2: WHAT WAS THE TRUE HEIGHT OF PICASSO?
1: His choice of clothes. Wearing a horizontally - as opposed to a vertically - striped shirt in public may have been Picasso's way of stating his political organisational preferences (see articles on Anarchism) but, such clothing design was never going to help counter the reputation for being a tad pequeño (small).
2: Average Heights in Spain. We must also take into account the era in which Picasso lived. In the Spain of the 1880's and in particular 19th century Andalusia - 5ft 4" was not only a healthy and impressive stature, but one that would have invited the nickname of "lofty" from his barrio buddies.
PICASSO FACT 3: WAS HE A GREAT MEDITERRANEAN LOVER?
Picasso did his best to reinforce the Mediterranean latin lover stereotype - by betraying the love and dedication of all the women he would encounter. But who could resist those crazy eyes, that greasy hair (in his earlier days), that stripy long sleeve or that impressive stature of a man. His reputation lives on, and has been immortalised not just by word of mouth, but by video too. Watch the video below:
PICASSO FACT 4: WAS PICASSO THE MOST PRODUCTIVE SPANISH PAINTER EVER?
PICASSO FACT 5: WHAT DID PICASSO SAY ABOUT ART AND THEFT?
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So now you know: Go forth and proudly reproduce (the free poster) - wear it with a stripy pride on your smartphone, your tablet or perhaps more humourosly, paste it to the back of your residency papers and next time the Guardia Stop ask you to pass over your documents for drunk driving, nonchalantly slip it alongside the 50 euros that customarily accompanies such pleasantries. You'd be surprised what a simple poster of Spain's most treasured son can still achieve.
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