Pablo Ruiz Picasso was born on 25 October 1881 in Spain and grew to be a famous artist and sculptor. Nowadays he’s considered as one of the greatest artists of the last century.
However, his success didn’t come overnight. One of his toughest periods was what critics often call his “Blue Period”. In his early 20s Picasso was living in Paris with a journalist by the name of Max Jacob. He was going through a hard time – hungry, poor and struggling to deal with the death of a friend. Many of his artworks from this time were portrayed in shades of blue.
During this period, Picasso had to work during the night, when his friend was asleep. But that wasn’t enough. The poverty struck so hard that Picasso often didn’t have enough money for food or anything else, let alone art supplies. But the cold Paris winter forced him to do the unthinkable – burn his only potential source of money, his artworks, in order to keep himself warm.