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Le Gourmet (The Greedy Child) - Pablo Picasso (Blue Period) - Dyad Printing - Framed Print - 20"H x 16"W


Le Gourmet - Pablo Picasso - Dyad Printing - Framed Print - 20"H x 16"W

NB. The original painting of Le Gourmet (The Greedy Child), is in the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

The Blue Period is a term used to define the works produced by Spanish painter Pablo Picasso between 1901 and 1904 when he painted essentially monochromatic paintings in shades of blue and blue-green, only occasionally warmed by other colors. These somber works, inspired by Spain and painted in Barcelona and Paris, are now some of his most popular works, although he had difficulty selling them at the time.

This period began around 1901. In choosing austere color and sometimes doleful subject matter, Picasso was influenced by a journey through Spain and by the suicide of his friend; Carlos Casagemas who shot himself at the L’Hippodrome Café in Paris, in 1901.  Picasso himself later recalled, "I started painting in blue when I learned of Casagemas's death", Picasso's psychological state worsened as 1901 continued.

In the latter part of 1901, Picasso sank into a severe depression and blue tones began to dominate his paintings. Picasso's career had been promising before 1901 and early in that year he was making "a splash" in Paris. However, as he moved towards subject matter such as society's poor and outcast, and accented this with a cool, anguished mood with blue hues, the critics and the public turned away from his works. Members of the public were uninterested in displaying the Blue Period works in their homes.

From 1901 to 1903, he painted several posthumous portraits of Casagemas, culminating in the gloomy allegorical painting La Vie, painted in 1903

Picasso's Blue Period was followed by his Rose Period. Picasso's bout with depression gradually ended, and as his psychological state improved, he moved towards more joyful, vibrant works, and emphasized the use of pinks ("rose" in French) and other warm hues to express the shift in mood and subject matter.

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