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Artist: Pablo Picasso (1881 - 1973)
Nationality: Spanish
Movement: Cubism
Media: Painting
Influences:

Biography:
Picasso was born in Malaga, Spain and moved to Paris in 1900 where he lived for a long time. He was the founder of the abstract movement in 20th-century art. When he arrived in Paris he first fell into an artistic atmosphere of poetic melancholy. In his so-called Blue Period (1902-1904) he created sad images of beggars and derelicts, the tonalities of the paintings were blues, dull whites and grays - -The Old Guitarist - (1903). In 1906 Picasso and George Braques (1886-1963) developed the early stages of Cubism. Picasso's - The Demoiselles d'Avignon - (1906-7) is an early Cubist painting where the figures and their setting are broken up into angular shapes. Both their paintings are characterized by sharp edges and angles approaching prisms with restrained colors. By 1910 Cubism was well established, and by the outbreak of World War II Picasso had become the most famous living painter. Picasso resumed contact with the classical tradition and synthesized the 2 styles into his distinct style best represented by his mural - Guernica - (1937). Guernica was inspired by the bombing of the Guernica, the ancient capital of the Basques in northern Spain. It does not represent the event itself but rather evokes the agony of total war through a symbolic representation of the scene. He is the most influential painter of the 20th-century masters as the aesthetic of Cubism has in some way influenced almost every major artist and movement since 1907. Spanish born Pablo Ruiz Y Picasso, moved to Paris at the age of 19, after studying art in Barcelona. His Blue Period lasted from 1901 to 1904 during which he focused his work on people on the fringe of society such as circus performers and the homeless. Picasso’s Rose Period(1904-1906) depicted similar subjects in more hopeful colors. This period is thought to be one of the few times in Picasso’s life when he was content. The highlight of his career came with the completion of Les Demoiselles D’Avignon, which marked the beginning of Cubism and dubbed Picasso as the most influential artist of the 20th century. Another important juncture in Picasso’s work was Guernica, a political piece inspired by the deteriorating social conditions brought about by the Spanish Civil War. Disheartened by the situation in his native country, Picasso spent the remainder of his life in France.


Artworks in Museum Collections: (60)
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Main de Picasso (1937) by PICASSO Pablo (dit), RUIZ-PICASSO Pablo
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Main droite de Picasso (1937) by PICASSO Pablo (dit), RUIZ-PICASSO Pablo
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Tête de femme (1943) by PICASSO Pablo (dit), RUIZ-PICASSO Pablo
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Tête de femme de profil (1931) by PICASSO Pablo (dit), RUIZ-PICASSO Pablo
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Coq (1918) by PICASSO Pablo (dit), RUIZ-PICASSO Pablo
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Coq (1918) by PICASSO Pablo (dit), RUIZ-PICASSO Pablo
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Tête (1931) by PICASSO Pablo (dit), RUIZ-PICASSO Pablo
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L'éboueur (1940) by PICASSO Pablo (dit), RUIZ-PICASSO Pablo
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Scène de rue (1901) by PICASSO Pablo (dit), RUIZ-PICASSO Pablo
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Tête (1943) by PICASSO Pablo (dit), RUIZ-PICASSO Pablo
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Visage (1934) by PICASSO Pablo (dit), RUIZ-PICASSO Pablo
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Femme au chapeau (1943) by PICASSO Pablo (dit), RUIZ-PICASSO Pablo
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Personnage (1933) by PICASSO Pablo (dit), RUIZ-PICASSO Pablo
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Tête de femme (1931) by PICASSO Pablo (dit), RUIZ-PICASSO Pablo
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Tête (1943) by PICASSO Pablo (dit), RUIZ-PICASSO Pablo
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Chèvre (1943) by PICASSO Pablo (dit), RUIZ-PICASSO Pablo
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Portrait de Françoise (1946) by PICASSO Pablo (dit), RUIZ-PICASSO Pablo
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Le peintre et son modèle (1964) by PICASSO Pablo (dit), RUIZ-PICASSO Pablo
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Nu assis (1909) by PICASSO Pablo (dit), RUIZ-PICASSO Pablo
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Footballeurs (1961) by PICASSO Pablo (dit), RUIZ-PICASSO Pablo
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Figure (1926) by PICASSO Pablo (dit), RUIZ-PICASSO Pablo
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Acteurs sur une scène de théâtre (1916) by PICASSO Pablo (dit), RUIZ-PICASSO Pablo
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Femme accoudée (1950) by PICASSO Pablo (dit), RUIZ-PICASSO Pablo
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Nu assis (1909) by PICASSO Pablo (dit), RUIZ-PICASSO Pablo
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Couple (1930) by PICASSO Pablo (dit), RUIZ-PICASSO Pablo
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Tête de femme (1943) by PICASSO Pablo (dit), RUIZ-PICASSO Pablo
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Danseur (1917) by PICASSO Pablo (dit), RUIZ-PICASSO Pablo
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Tête de femme (1943) by PICASSO Pablo (dit), RUIZ-PICASSO Pablo
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Tête de femme (1903) by PICASSO Pablo (dit), RUIZ-PICASSO Pablo
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La chaise (1942) by PICASSO Pablo (dit), RUIZ-PICASSO Pablo
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Etudes de nus (1923) by PICASSO Pablo (dit), RUIZ-PICASSO Pablo
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Portrait de Paloma (1952) by PICASSO Pablo (dit), RUIZ-PICASSO Pablo
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Tête de femme (1906) by PICASSO Pablo (dit), RUIZ-PICASSO Pablo
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Maisons (1909) by PICASSO Pablo (dit), RUIZ-PICASSO Pablo
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Atelier de La Californie (1955) by PICASSO Pablo (dit), RUIZ-PICASSO Pablo
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Atelier de La Californie (1955) by PICASSO Pablo (dit), RUIZ-PICASSO Pablo
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Masque (1919) by PICASSO Pablo (dit), RUIZ-PICASSO Pablo
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Baigneuse (1924) by PICASSO Pablo (dit), RUIZ-PICASSO Pablo
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Chien (1918) by PICASSO Pablo (dit), RUIZ-PICASSO Pablo
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Arlequin (1918) by PICASSO Pablo (dit), RUIZ-PICASSO Pablo
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Femme assise (1929) by PICASSO Pablo (dit), RUIZ-PICASSO Pablo
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Tête de femme (1931) by PICASSO Pablo (dit), RUIZ-PICASSO Pablo
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Françoise au bandeau (1946) by PICASSO Pablo (dit), RUIZ-PICASSO Pablo
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Corrida (1955) by PICASSO Pablo (dit), RUIZ-PICASSO Pablo
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Baigneuse (1928) by PICASSO Pablo (dit), RUIZ-PICASSO Pablo
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Guitariste (1913) by PICASSO Pablo (dit), RUIZ-PICASSO Pablo
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Baigneuses (1942) by PICASSO Pablo (dit), RUIZ-PICASSO Pablo
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Arlequin (1918) by PICASSO Pablo (dit), RUIZ-PICASSO Pablo
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Baigneuses (1942) by PICASSO Pablo (dit), RUIZ-PICASSO Pablo
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Arlequin à l'épée (1917) by PICASSO Pablo (dit), RUIZ-PICASSO Pablo
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Baigneuses (1942) by PICASSO Pablo (dit), RUIZ-PICASSO Pablo
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Arlequin (1918) by PICASSO Pablo (dit), RUIZ-PICASSO Pablo
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Arlequin (1918) by PICASSO Pablo (dit), RUIZ-PICASSO Pablo
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Tête de femme de profil (1933) by PICASSO Pablo (dit), RUIZ-PICASSO Pablo
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Tête de femme de profil (1933) by PICASSO Pablo (dit), RUIZ-PICASSO Pablo
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Le peintre et son modèle (1928) by PICASSO Pablo (dit), RUIZ-PICASSO Pablo
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Buste de femme (1931) by PICASSO Pablo (dit), RUIZ-PICASSO Pablo
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Buste de femme (1931) by PICASSO Pablo (dit), RUIZ-PICASSO Pablo
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La Crucifixion (1932) by PICASSO Pablo (dit), RUIZ-PICASSO Pablo
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Dormeuse (1927) by PICASSO Pablo (dit), RUIZ-PICASSO Pablo

Artnews Articles and Exhibition Information: (40)
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Picasso People: Did you know that the year 2001 is Picasso's 120th Birthday
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Everson Musuem of Art: Picasso Ceramics: Selections from the Bercuson Collection at the Museum of Art, Fort Lauderdale
Over 50 ceramic objects in the exhibit—including pitchers, platters, plaques, and vases—demonstrate Picasso’s use of designs and themes from other cultures such as p...

Cleveland Museum of Art: Picasso: the Artist's Studio - Opened Yesterday in Cleveland
Only visitors to the Cleveland showing of Picasso: The Artists Studio will have the opportunity to experience a gallery exploring how Picassos working methods are revealed through x-radiography, infrared reflectography, and other forms of scientif...

Museo Picasso Malaga: Picasso as Seen by Otero
This close contact enabled him to build up a large photographic archive, almost a huge family album, that provides an extraordinary record of the Andalusian artist’s everyday life. This valuable archive now forms part of the Museo Picasso M...

Fundacao Arpad Szenes-Vieira da Silva: Picasso: Homage to the bullfighter
Picasso sought the explanation of life and death in Dominguin’s art of bullfighting. A huge number of projects emerged from the friendship between the painter and the bullfighter, among them were projects for bull rings, books and many ideas on bu...

Baltimore Museum of Art: Picasso: Cubism to Classicism
Picasso became interested in monumental classical figures after a trip to Italy in 1917. One of his major themes from this period is the artist in his studio—a sculptor or painter inspired by the nude female model. Characters from classical mythol...

Gemeentemuseum Den Haag: Cezanne - Picasso - Mondriaan
His paintings are shown alongside works by Pablo Picasso, who considered himself the artistic heir of Cézanne, and Piet Mondriaan, who was strongly influenced by both artists. Never before could museum visitors see works by Cézanne, Picasso...

Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts: Picasso Ceramic Editions: From the Edward Weston Collection
In the nineteenth century, Vallauris had been a center of ceramics production, however it had been in decline since World War I. Picassos interest led to its revitalization and he produced over 600 editions in Vallauris until 1971. Sixty cer...

Irish Museum of Modern Art: Picasso - Working on Paper
The artist regularly returned to this process and the exhibition covers the period 1878-1963, essentially Picasso's working life as an artist. This work has not been seen in Ireland before, an...

Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art: Picasso: The Artists Studio
Unlike many modern artists who treated their studios as inviolable sanctuaries, Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) used his studio not only as a place of work, but as a social and intellectual ...

Museum of Modern Art: Matisse Picasso
Years in the making, this exhibition is the result of a unique collaboration between The Museum of Modern Art, New York; Tate, London; Musée Picasso and Musée National d'Art Moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris. It brings together masterpieces ...

Tate Modern: MatissePicasso
Through a series of over thirty groupings of paintings and sculpture, this major exhibition gives you the opportunity to compare and contrast Matisse's expressive use of colour and line alongside Picasso's stylistic virtuos...

Baltimore Museum of Art: Picasso: Portrait and Figure
Picassos knowledge of the classical figure is evident in a number of finely rendered pen drawings from 1904-1905, drawn in contour without modeling. Gradually, through his study of Iberian sculpture and the influence of Cezanne, Picasso began ...

Fundacao Arpad Szenes - Vieira da Silva: Fenosa and His Friend Picasso
Given the close friendship between these three artists, the Arpad Szenes-Vieira da Silva Foundation decided to, and for the first time, bring the work of Apel.les Fenosa to Portugal. The ties between Vieira, Arpad and Apel.les Fenosa were extr...

Louisiana Museum of Modern Art: After the Beginning and Before the End: 222 Drawings from Picasso to Yoko Ono
The exhibition After the Beginning and Before the End - 222 Drawings from Picasso to Yoko Ono is about these beginnings. In 222 examples of the artist’s first steps toward the finished product, this exhibition s...

ARKEN Museum of Modern Art: Picasso - For All Times
PICASSO – FOR ALL TIMES is the first exhibition in Denmark in 20 years to embrace a full range of the artist’s work. Counting loans from other collections, 101 works illustrate the scope of his achievement. The show follows Picasso year by year—start...

Art Gallery of New South Wales: Picasso: The Last Decade
"Picasso was the towering, relentless, rapacious and protean genius of the twentieth century. He remained at the very epicentre of artistic pace throughout the century and even the anxieties of encroaching old age failed to dim his assertive crea...

Gemeentemuseum Den Haag: From Picasso to Tàpies: Spanish 20th Century Art from the Reina Sofia
Spanish artists working in the period before 1945 exercised a major influence on artistic developments in the twentieth century. They were in the vanguard of the changes taking place in the art world, in style, in professional attitudes and in the...

Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art: Picasso to Pop: Aspects of Modern Art
The exhibition begins with a powerful Picasso drawing of a head dated 1906. Then come a variety of experimental works by George Grosz, Paul Klee, Georges Roualt, and Wyndham Lewis, who represent some of the advanced artistic movements of the 1920s...

Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía: Picasso: Las grandes series
The exhibtion has been generously sponsored by the Fundación BBVA (Banco Bilbao Vizcaya and Argentaria). Curator: Paloma Esteban
Coordinator: Mercedes Marfagón
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Leslie Sacks Fine Art: Picasso Erotica
But, of all of Picasso’s multitudinous erotic adventures in various media, the etchings are by far his most important body of work. They are not merely numerous, but rather each is highly charged with the unbridled life force that infused all of h...

Musée Picasso: Brassaï/Picasso: Conversations with Light
Brassaï and Picasso met in 1932 through Tériade, who had commissioned a series of photos of the rue La Boétie studio and of recent plaster sculptures done by Picasso at Boisgeloup, for the first issue of the review Minotaure. Later ...

Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University: Picasso and the Allure of Language
The exhibition is drawn primarily from the Yale University Art Gallery and the renowned Raymond and Patsy Nasher Collection, in Dallas, Texas, from which two sculptures are on loan. The works span the years from 1900, when Picasso was 19 years old...

Art Gallery of Ontario: From Michelangelo to Picasso: Great Master Drawings from the Collection of the Albertina, Vienna
The selection of drawings in this exhibition demonstrates the breadth and strength of the Albertina’s holdings. The exhibition will provide a comprehensive ove...

National Gallery of Art: A Century of Drawing: Works on Paper from Degas to LeWitt
Examples by great old masters who created some of their most powerful work after the turn of the century--Edgar Degas, Auguste Rodin, and Winslow Homer--are shown side by side with works by the younger generation of artists, such as Pablo Picasso,...

Judy A Saslow Gallery: The Paintings of Matt Lamb
Visually, Lamb’s art is a spectacular play of bold color and unusual texture. Lamb invented the painting technique he uses, which he calls "generational", (multiple paintings layered onto the same canvas). The resulting surfaces are often descri...

National Museum of Fine Arts: From Picasso to Keith Haring
The artworks, mostly donated by collectors and artists before and after the Revolution, includes a room dedicated to the US art from the Reagan era, which were donated in 1984 by 50 american artists. It contains among others, an outstanding piece ...

Art Institute of Chicago: On or Off the Wall: An International Selection of Tapestries and Carpets, 1920s-1970s
On or Off the Wall: An International Selection of Tapestries and Carpets, 1920s- 1970s is organized by the Department of Textiles at The Art Institute of Chicago. Curator: Christa C. Thurman, The Christa C. Mayer Thurman Curator of Textile...

National Galleries of Scotland, Dean Gallery and the Gallery of Modern Art: THE SURREALIST AND THE PHOTOGRAPHER: ROLAND PENROSE AND LEE MILLER
Already a Surrealist artist of considerable talent, Penrose became a tireless champion of modern art through his activities as a collector, writer and exhibition organiser. A former Vogue model, Lee Miller was a remarkable photographer who later ...

Museo del Prado: The Spanish Portrait from El Greco to Picasso
Over the course of three and a half months and through a selection of 84 works, the exhibition devoted to the Spanish portrait will present a survey of the development of this genre in Spanish art from the late fifteenth century to the ea...

Sprengel Museum: Cubisme - Cubism: An Artistic Watershed in Europe 1906-1926
Around then, the Moscow collector Ivan Morossov also bought Picassos. Villa Schschukin in the grand Snamenski Lane was open to the public from 1909, providing many Moscow artists, such as M. Larionov and N. Gont-scharova, David Buliyuk, Kasimir Ma...

Leslie Sacks Fine Art: Matisse: Modern Figures and Portraits 1906 - 1939
Shortly after the close of World War I, Matisse, Picasso and many other Avant Garde artists returned to familiar styles, as though they were attempting to restore stability to their lives in war torn Europe. At that time, Matisse settled mainly i...

Thomas Dane: Translations - Creative Copying and Originality
The idea that artists create autonomously is a great myth. The exhibition shows how artists have always been attracted by the works of their predecessors and contemporaries and how they have explored the creative potential of copying for their own...

Kimbell Art Museum: From Renoir to Picasso Masterpieces from the Musée de l'Orangerie
Among the highlights of the exhibition are 16 turn-of-the-century paintings by Pierre-Auguste Renoir and 14 by Renoirs dear friend Paul Cézanne. The three most important painters to emerge in France in the first decade of the 20th century are r...

Royal Academy of Arts: Ingres to Matisse: Masterpieces of French Painting
Opening with work by Ingres and Delacroix and closing with the paintings of Picasso and Matisse, the exhibition will provide a broad overview of French painting from the early nineteenth-century to the 1930s. Ingres to Matisse ...

Gallery of Photography: The Lives of Lee Miller
Lee Miller, 1927, New York. A classically beautiful young woman, Lee Miller is discovered by Condé Nast, hits the cover of Vogue and is immortalised by Steichen, Hoynigen-Huene, Horst and other famous photographs. While modelling for them, she ...

Musee d'Orsay: Daumier
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Appleton Museum of Art: 20th Century Masterworks from the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO), Toronto
Until now, this collection has not been available for loan during the 100-year history of the AGO. Following their exhibition at Appleton, these masterworks will return to Toronto and be re-installed in the AGO permanent collection galleries. The ...

Philbrook Museum of Art: The Triumph of French Painting: Masterpieces from Ingres to Matisse
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Modern Museum of Art: Modern Starts: Things
In painting, the still-life genre, with its focus on the representation of objects, experienced a renewed interest. Beginning with P...

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