Hey Picasso, Why so Blue? | Blue Period Explained

June 3, 2009

Picassos’ blue period began with the mourning of the loss of a friend. Prior to his friends death his work was colorful, reflecting the life he and his friend had been leading. His Blue Period paintings focus on the sadder aspects and people of the world. Picasso said, “When I realized Casagemas was dead, I started to paint in blue.”

The subjects Picasso painted became bleak and desolate. Various shades of blue dominate his work, giving to them a sense of unhappiness or depression. It was as if Picasso had retreated to a strange dark world – one of saddness and despair.

At the time Picasso was a young man, just entering his twenties. He was still a struggling artist, quite able to identify with unhappy subjects of his paintngs. It is possible that his Blue Period comforted him , and helped him to not only endure the loss of a friend, but to work through a time in his life when he was struggling to be accepted.

Blue Period paintings include The Burial of Casagemas, The Frugal Repast, and The Old Guitarist.

By 1905 Picasso Blue Period had ended, giving way to his Pink Period.

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One Response to “Hey Picasso, Why so Blue? | Blue Period Explained”


  1. […] Picasso’s Rose Period (1905-1906), that followed his dark and troubled Blue Period,  his palette began to lighten quite a bit, bringing a change to a “rose” tone. Not […]


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