30 thoughts on “Picasso was alive when Snoop Dogg was born.

  1. He had a similar lifespan to my great-grandfather (born 1892 died 1979).

    Why did people think Picasso was so old? His art style would have been unthinkable before 1900 or so.

  2. I knew Picasso was alive in the 20th century because he (an actor playing him) was on an episode of the Young Indiana Jones Chronicles.

  3. I always found it interesting that Abraham Lincoln and Charles Darwin we’re alive at the same time and shared the same birthday, February 12, 1809.

    The more you know. 🌈

  4. That’s okay, I was today years old when I realized the movie title Free Willy was a play on “free will.” To be fair, I don’t think I even knew what free will meant in 1993.

  5. He painted an image of a bull on a sheet of glass on Sesame Street. Perhaps Leonardo DaVinci was the guest host on that episode?

  6. Holy shit both of my parents were alive when Picasso died. I thought that guy lived in like 1700s r/todayilearned

  7. As much as “modern art” is the butt of jokes, it makes a lot more sense if you think about it as largely a reaction to WWI.

    Europe was still driven by aristocracies and monarchies before the war, the the war shook things up a lot:

    >A generation of innocent young men, their heads full of high abstractions like Honour, Glory and England, went off to war to make the world safe for democracy. They were slaughtered in stupid battles planned by stupid generals. Those who survived were shocked, disillusioned and embittered by their war experiences, and saw that their real enemies were not the Germans, but the old men at home who had lied to them. They rejected the values of the society that had sent them to war, and in doing so separated their own generation from the past and from their cultural inheritance.

    So, when they came back and decided they no longer aspired to be a second footman to Lord Gantham, they also rejected ideas about art, music, and literature.

    But, notice so much of it still demonstrates extraordinary technical talent from people like Picasso and Dali. Similarly, jazz musicians threw out all the rules, but were still clearly masters of their instruments.

    Anyways, I dunno, I’m having a happy hour of one, but I find the movement easier to understand in that context.

  8. China was still ruled by an Imperial dynasty in 1911. In fact the last Chinese emperor died in 1967.

    Britain still had colony in Africa in 1980

    Belgium had a human zoo at the 1958 World Fair

    The Ottoman Empire was founded in 1299 and still around in 1920.

    Canada only became free of British influence in 1982.

    France still had sword duels in 1968. They also had the guillotine execution in 1977.

    The Holy Roman Empire founded in 800, Qing Dynasty, Ottoman Empire and United States all existed alongside each other in 1800.

  9. Another fun fact: Van Gogh and Picasso were both alive for a bit. Picasso was born in 1881 and Van Gogh didn’t die until 1890.

  10. Reminds me of how Oxford was founded in the time of the Aztec Empire.

    Edit: Apparently it’s older than the Aztec Empire. Trippy as hell.

  11. Rosa Parks died in 2005, I had no idea. I assumed she was dead for a long time, but the fact that I was alive at the same time as Rosa Parks just blew my mind

  12. I met someone who dated his son. I’m 33 and this was 5 years ago. Blew my tiny mind away

    EDIT: just for clarity, she was younger than me

  13. I was gonna say he should’ve learned that in school but I forgot they don’t care about teaching art anymore.

  14. I feel like it’s because… well, for one, art isn’t really taught/valued as much, but also/because of that, most people (like a younger me) just assumed that most famous artists only existed during the Renaissance. Especially those with vowels at the end of their names. I didn’t learn about Picasso until much later in life, and tbh I still don’t know much about him. Which admittedly is probably a shame.

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