On this day in 1881, one of the most influential artists of the 20th century, Pablo Picasso, is born in Malaga, Spain. The total number of works Picasso produced during his lifetime has been estimated at 50,000, which include paintings, drawings, engravings, sculptures, prints, rugs and ceramics.
When Picasso passed away without leaving a will in 1973, many of his works were collected by the French state as payment for his death duties (estate tax). His last words were reported as “Drink to me, drink to my health, you know I can’t drink any more.”
If you find yourself in New York City, and would like to see a “hidden Picasso,” stop by the courtyard of the Silver Towers development (originally University Village) north of Houston Street between Mercer Street and LaGuardia Place. There you will find a 60-ton, 36-foot-tall concrete reproduction of Picasso’s Bust of Sylvette, created by Norwegian sculptor Carl Nesjär in 1967.