Pablo Picasso

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Taylor Luchini
Katherine Hammond
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Pablo Picasso

Pablo Picasso was a very talented man. Not only was he an excellent painter, he was also a sculptor, print maker, ceramicist, and stage designer. Picasso was born on October 25, 1881, and was introduced to art at an early age due to the fact that his father was a painter. At age 16, he was sent to art school and by 1905 he was well known in the world of art. Picasso's work is usually categorized into periods of time. The Blue Period, the Rose Period, and the Cubism Period are the three most popular. During each of these periods, Picasso changed up his technique and style of art. “The Blue Period of Picasso is the period between 1900-1904 when he painted essentially monochromatic painting in shades of blue and blue-green” (McCully 17). Monochromatic means that he used different shades of the same color. In this case, he chose blue because he was depressed due to that fact his friend died. He was living in tremendously harsh conditions in Paris, France. According to Carsten Peter-Warncke, the author of Picasso, “His pictures, not merely melancholy but profoundly depressed and cheerless, inspired no affection in the public or in buyers. It was not poverty that led him to paint the impoverished outsiders of society, but rather the fact that he painted them that made him poor himself” (Warncke 31). He means that because of the fact that his paintings were so depressing, nobody felt the urge to purchase them. Because nobody was purchasing his paintings, he became more and more depressed; this was a rather unfortunate chain of events. On a different note, some positive did come out of this time period for Picasso. In 1903 he painted “The Old Guitarist” which was an oil painting of an older man with a guitar. He mixed modernism, impressionism, and symbolism to create this masterpiece. After a couple years of depression Picasso began to cheer up. He started using more vibrant...
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