Pablo Picasso's Blue Period: A Brief Analysis

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Pablo Ruiz Picasso was born in Malaga, Spain, in 1881 and was the only son of Jose Ruiz and Maria Picasso. Pablo’s father was never home. He chose to spend his time cavorting at the bars with his friends. Whether, he was unfaithful to Maria remains in question. Jose was an art teacher and a painter. Many would say he was a failed painter. Jose dreamed of becoming famous for his artwork. He chose to paint pigeons. I can say that painting pigeons is not a very exciting subject matter. No wonder he didn’t get anywhere in the art world. Pablo Picasso grew up in a house with six women: his mother, two sisters, two aunts, and a single maid. Since his father was never home, Picasso assumed the role of the “male figure” in the household. His mother …show more content…
She over time ended the relationship, and Casagemas committed suicide with a bullet to the head. If any good could of come out suffering, now was that time. It is called Picasso’s Blue Period. The Blue Period is Picasso’s first distinct style of painting. This period lasted from 1901-1904. It is called his Blue Period, for obvious reasons, because he painted predominantly in shades of blue. The Blue Period paintings usually depicted a form of human suffering. Picasso’s painting Le Vie is of a couple (Casagemas and Germaine) is with a woman who appears to be judging them. What is interesting about this painting is that x-rays show that the male figure was originally a self portrait. Picasso probably changed it to Carl Casagemas because he didn’t want people to look down at him. He did think of himself as one of the great modern masters. Perhaps, he would not want to ruin his reputation. Since the original figure in Le Vie was Picasso, maybe Picasso’s Blue Period began out of guilt he felt for bedding Germaine? Maybe it wasn’t because his friend, Carl Casagemas, killed himself? What if Picasso had never bed Germaine and just dealt with Carl’s death. Would there of been a Blue

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