In Picasso’s “The Tragedy,” he used several different techniques to create the visual elements in the painting. The three figures, carefully drawn, and the use of contour lines help shape their bodies and show the deep thought in their faces. The color used in the painting was mainly shades of blue. The beach is a greenish blue, set against the pale blue sea, the sky is a darkened dusky blue, bringing a cold, emptiness to the piece. It is as if you were looking at the painting wearing spectacles with blue colored lenses. The shades of blue emphasize the sadness found in The Tragedy. Picasso created this during his “Blue Period.” (1901-1904), he used shades of blue to signify misery and despair of the figures depicted …show more content…
The Tragedy could be the loss of their child; the mother could be holding her lifeless baby in her arms. It was common for families of lower stature and income, to lose children from an illness in that period.
What I can see of the mother’s facial expression, is in stark contrast to the father and the boy. The father and his son both seem distraught, more so the father, you can see his feelings of loss and despair from losing their baby. The son is looking to his mother in hopes of receiving comfort, possibly an answer to help him understand why, his little brother or sister has passed away. However, to me, the mother seems to have a calmness to her face. Like she is gazing into the face of her child. Trying to memorize every little part of the infant 's face, trying to come to terms with her loss and find the strength to move forward.
The most interesting aspect of Pablo Picasso’s works of art is that he seems to hide the meanings from the viewer, sending them on a hunt to find the answers and decipher the puzzle. Alternatively, maybe, he wants the viewer to be able to tap into their emotions and discover what the painting means to them, personally, to connect with his art on a whole new