'More than a great artist, Picasso was a phenomenon ... There is virtually nothing in modern art that Picasso has not invented, practiced, or at least influenced.'
With an artistic career spanning eight remarkable decades, Picasso's insatiable artistic drive has made him synonymous with the development of modern art in the twentieth century. He challenged the rigid boundaries of art history with collage and abstraction - most notably in his co-invention of cubism - and pushed the traditional mediums of painting and sculpture to their limit. His 1937 painting, Guernica, is often considered to be the most important painting of twentieth-century art history.