Picasso’s first teacher was his father, José Ruiz y Blasco, who worked as a drawing instructor at a local art school. As the young boy’s skills grew, he would occasionally be called upon to add the finishing touches to his father’s paintings. Never one for modesty (false or otherwise), Picasso later said: “I never drew like a child. When I was 12, I drew like Raphael.
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Pablo Picasso, The Picador, 1890. Image via Wikiart
.” Although his drawings from around that age do reveal an accomplished draftsman with an impressive grasp of musculature, The Picador—his earliest surviving painting, completed when he was eight—was made before Picasso began formal art lessons. More than innate genius, this early work marks the beginnings of a lifelong preoccupation with the bullfight and all its trappings.