Pablo Picasso is arguably the most important artistic figure of the twentieth century. Before the age of fifty, the Spanish born artist had become the most well known name in Modern Art, with the most distinct style and eye for artistic creation. Picassos artistic career can be split into various periods based on the moods and styles of his paintings. These were largely affected by his personal life. Throughout the long course of his career, Picasso created more than twenty thousand paintings, drawings, sculptures and ceramics.Picassos free spirit, his eccentric style, and his complete disregard for what others thought of his work and creative style, made him a catalyst for artists to follow. Today he is known as the father of modern art, Picassos originality touched every major artist and art movement that followed in his wake.