The Old Guitarist

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The Old Guitarist The painting The Old Guitarist, by Pablo Picasso, is a painting that can capture people’s attention silently with a feeling of sadness. The painting was painted in 1903-1904 in Spain. Paintings that were created in the time between 1901-1904 are classified as Picasso’s “Blue Period”. During that time, blue was the predominant color in his paintings. The “Blue Period” (1901-1904) has long been considered Picasso’s first true evolution as an artist in creating a style of his own. This period was triggered by the unfortunate fate of his best friend Casegemas who was rejected by a girl with whom he was infatuated. Casegemas attempted to shoot the woman he loved, then turned the gun on himself and died. The impact of this incident on Picasso was deep. Picasso stated, “It was thinking about Casagemas that got me started painting in blue (Enrique).” In the beginning, he had started with several paintings that memorialized the recent suicide of his friend Casagemas. Then, he had moved back and forth between Barcelona and Paris and started to paint blind or lonely beggars and poor people in the streets. The use of blue has also been attributed to the fact that Picasso was too poor to buy any other colors as well his habit of working at night by lamplight. Lau 2 The first thing to notice in the painting is the guitar. The guitar shines bright in contrast to the somber gray scale hues surrounding it. The next thing to notice is the man’s head, with his white hair, gaunt face and neck. Then finally, we notice his bony legs and wiry arms. Picasso uses contour lines to outline the thin, seemingly malnourished, form of the man’s body. However it is easy to see the horizontal lines, as the man’s head is bent over, and legs crossed. He seems weary, and lacks the strength to keep his head up. Picasso’s use of space is also notable. The man and the guitar are

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