This post is inspired by Pablo Picasso’s “Blue Period” dated from 1901-1904. These monochromatic paintings in shades of blue and blue-green were occasionally warmed by other colors. This period was influenced by Picasso’s journey through Spain and by the suicide of his dear friend Carlos Casagemas. Casagemas took his life at the L’Hippodrome Café located in Paris, France. Picasso later stated “I started painting in blue when I learned of Casagemas’s death“. The blue paintings seem to coincide with his somber feelings. Going through a severe depression his subjects were mostly of beggars, drunks and prostitutes.
His most famous “Blue Period” painting is titled The Old Guitarist which depicts an old, blind, haggard man with threadbare clothing weakly hunched over his guitar playing in the slum streets of Barcelona, Spain. With Picasso being one of my favorite artist to teach, I wanted to do a post influenced by this three year period in his life. Picasso was a great artist and even better story teller through his subjects. His cubism style has inspired artists all over the world to take risks and innovate even more new styles of art.