Pablo Picasso, The Old Guitarist 1903
I usually stay clear of the most famous paintings because they are sooo over-hyped. Everyone goes straight to them while ignoring the other artists in the Art Institute. However, how can you deny that this painting isn’t beautiful?
Anyway, when Pablo painted this, he was going through what historians call his “Blue Period”. What people don’t realize is that
his Blue Period represented more than tragic sadness but actually a time of great poverty in Pablo’s life. Yes, he was depressed but he also couldn’t afford a great deal of colors.
The most spectacular part of this painting other than the monochrome color scheme and the poor old man playing for change in the streets of Madrid, isn’t the painting itself. Most of you know that Pablo reused the canvas and just below our sad figure is an carefully drawn outline of a woman. What you probably did not know is that there are TWO painting underneath, both of different women.