The scene is stark and makes you want to give assistance to the poor man. However, the guitars launched so much more. One could imagine that the old man would surpass the boundaries of the canvas if he were to raise his head or stretch out his legs. More phantasmagorical than Faust's laboratory, this studio which certain people might claim had no art in the conventional sense of the term was furnished with the newest of objects. Looking at it from the side and letting the light graze the image, you can see the depth of her face very clearly.
Most art historians credit the Guitar series as the definitive transition from Analytic to. These planes are positioned in such a manner to maximize the reflection of light on certain surfaces, similar to the depicted planes illuminated by light in Analytic Cubist paintings. It's no longer this or that. Picasso had recently moved to Paris with a friend to establish his career as an artist. The Blue Period is identified by the flat expanses of blues, greys and blacks, melancholy figures lost in contemplation, and a deep and significant tragedy. His poverty made him identify and relate to beggars, prostitutes and other downtrodden outcasts in society. Les Miserables of the Blue Period gave way to the circus figures of the Rose Period which spanned from 1904-1906 and was much more cheerful then the Blue Period.
If Picasso attempted to portray the world of poverty and abject misery, it was because that had been his own plight as a struggling young artist in Barcelona, where he painted many pictures including this one, of the poor. It depicts a mother, father, and son who are mourning the death of a loved one. The combination of elements broke with traditional two-dimensional art practices, not only in terms of incorporating such humble materials but also because these materials referred to modern life in the streets, in the studios, and in the cafés. The old man's elongated limbs and cramped, angular posture recall the figures of the great 16th-century artist El Greco. Picasso knew what it was like to be broke, spending most of 1902 in poverty. I think ultimately the bold face and posture of the woman seemed awkward seated in a chair and so the painting was discarded. Or a circle can be the top of the bottle's cork and simultaneously resemble a top hat neatly positioned on a mustached gentleman's face.
The Man With the Blue Guitar Wallace Stevens One The man bent over his guitar, A shearsman of sorts. In his 1909 Head Fernande , a bumpy, lumpy contiguous series of planes represent the hair and face of the woman he loved at this time. At 22, Picasso was overcome with a sadness that he projected on this piece, and many others from his Blue Period. The technical examinations, combined with art-historical research, revealed two earlier compositions underneath the image of The Old Guitarist. The brown body of the guitar, is the only color change that is made throughout the entire painting created by Picasso.
The most obvious features include a woman's head looking left, an outstretched arm with an open hand to the right and shins which especially in the x-ray image appear to be in a seated position. Don't be deceived by this seemingly simple painting of a man and his instrument. The focus of each painting is on a single solitary character who is displaying some sense of suffering. And where, As I strum the thing, do I pick up That which momentarily declares Itself not to be I and yet Must be. If one looks closely to The Old Guitarist it seems as though that there is another image behind the man. Furthermore, the guitarist, although muscular, shows little sign of life and appears to be close to death, implying little comfort in the world and accentuating the misery of his situation. You can check the styles and instruments your or artists use and emulate them.
Picasso gave his 1914 metal Guitar to the Museum of Modern Art in 1971. This repertoire of signs developed during the Period became simplified shapes of this Synthetic Cubism Period. Other people have argued that the old guitarist is blind, and therefore the art symbolized the inner abilities of a disabled person. At the time the painting was made, literature of the Symbolist movement included blind characters who possessed powers of inner vision. During this time, the artist was sympathetic to the plight of the downtrodden, he writes a lot of paintings depicting the suffering of the poor, the sick, and those who were expelled from the community. The layers of paint covering the remainder of the image proved to be resistant to other laboratory techniques that were executed.
He showed this through the monochromatic, flat representation. The X-ray is extremely useful when deciphering that below her head, and to her left, a second, more ghost-like female image appears, her head seemingly bowed as though sunk into her chest. This is not the only painting in which Picasso decided to reuse the support. It could also be viewed as a self-portrait of sorts. Picasso had immense feelings of guilt over her death and irrationally would blame himself for deaths of others close to him. The etching 1904 offers a blind man and a sighted woman sharing a sparse meal.
Several of these drawings appear to have been created as decorations for a fireplace. The Focus The man holding the guitar, is a blind man, holding the round guitar close to his body. The Old Guitarist represents the segment of the Blue Period that began to depict wretched destitute males in late 1903. The long, thin limbs, and posture, are reminiscent of El Greco pieces that have a similar design and style. The Old Guitarist was painted in 1903, just after the suicide death of Picasso's close friend, Casagemas.
The Old Guitarist is one of the many pieces by Picasso, that were painted in this somber manner, shortly following the period of the loss of his close friend. Notice also that this flatness gives several parts of his body the seeming quality of pointing down: his toes, the fingers on his right hand, and even his head. The Old Guitarist's composition is a nod to El Greco. But Stevens insisted this influence was only peripheral. Look at its vibrant musculature compared to the corpse-like left arm and his ghoulish legs.