Tuesday, October 29, 2013

The Old Guitarist

Pablo Picasso
Oil on panel

It is said that Pablo Picasso went through a "blue" period between the years of 1901 and 1904 after a friend of his committed suicide. This painting expresses a darker mood as a suffering sightless man is pictured by himself with nothing but his guitar. Although this work reflects the miseries of the outcasts of society at that time, I love the look of this painting. His use of a monochromatic blue palette all around the brown guitar creates a pop of color that is pleasing to the eye and makes you wonder why he chose to only keep the guitar it's actual color.

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