The Old Guitarist - Pablo Picasso

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Pablo Picasso undoubtedly was one of the most famous, well documented and most profoundly original artist this century has produced. Picasso distinguished himself through his revolutionary art, experimenting throughout life with his originality of style, ever changing and evolving through his works spanning almost over a whole century. His freed imagination and unique techniques were exceptionally exploited within The Old Guitarist. Painted in 1903, it is a respectable example of Picasso’s exploration within his Blue Period of an artwork which uses experimental mark making artwork. A technically brilliant Spanish artist, Pablo Ruiz Picasso was born in Malaga, Spain, on 25th October in 1881. His father, Don Jose Ruiz was a drawing teacher at the local art school. Picasso demonstrated uncanny artistic talent in his early years, painting in a realistic manner through his childhood and adolescence. Studying briefly in Madrid and then Barcelona in 1899, Picasso was thoroughly attracted by the avant-garde and Expressionist art movement. Picasso remained the painter most engaged in demonstrating the relevance and power of the pre creative act derived from the heart, hand and mind. In this regard, Picasso’s influence on the subsequent history of art is profound, as he reinforced and reasserted basics beliefs in the civilization of art. Picasso’s works lay bare his personal passions, as well as his humanity and his sensitivity to the fragility of human life. His originality, versatility, inventiveness, longevity and prolific achievement have left a legacy unrivalled by any other modern artist.

One of the most celebrated of Picasso’s paintings is The Old Guitarist which currently hangs in the galleries of The Art Institute of Chicago. Between the 1900 - 1904 Picasso’s painting became predominantly blue, and as a consequence this period became known as his ‘Blue Period’. The Old Guitarist, an oil paint on panel artwork painted in 1903 explores and exploits his...
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