French symbolist writer Alfred Jarry once gave Picasso a pistol, a little Browning that Picasso always carried in his pocket. When people spoke slightingly of the artist Cézanne, Picasso would lay it on the table and say, "One more word, and I fire." He is also rumored to have fired blanks at those he considered dull.
According to Guinness World Records, Picasso is one of the world's most prolific artists. During his 78-year career, he created over 13,500 paintings or designs, 100,000 prints or engravings, 34,000 book illustrations, and 300 sculptures or ceramics -- totaling over 147,800 works of art.
In 1918 Picasso married for the first time. His bride, Olga Koklova, was a ballerina and the daughter of a Russian general. Although they eventually separated, the couple remained legally married until Olga's death in 1955 because French law required an equal division of property in the case of divorce--and Picasso didn't want to share his fortune.
The Picasso Museum opened in the Spring of 1963 in Barcelona, Spain. The museum continued to grow with donations from all over the world and from Picasso himself until his death. The works date from 1890 to 1967 but the best represented period is that of the artist's childhood and youth.