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How to Paint Like Picasso

Ever wondered how Picasso painted his masterpieces? Find out how to paint a cubist portrait inspired by Picasso’s Bust of a Woman 1909

A bit of background

A head is a matter of eyes, nose, mouth, which can be distributed in any way you like.
Pablo Picasso

In around 1907 Pablo Picasso, along with his friend Georges Braque, invented a new style of painting called cubism. Inspired by African sculpture, Picasso and Braque used simple shapes and a small range of colours to paint objects, people and landscapes. This gives many cubist paintings a sculpted look, like the figure in Bust of a Woman. Picasso and Braque often moved around the model or objects that they were painting, and painted them from different viewpoints within the same painting. This adds to the abstract look of their artworks.

Are you ready to paint a Picasso-inspired portrait?

Use this guide to remind you of each step.

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