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Famous Blue Period Paintings

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List of famous Blue Period paintings, listed alphabetically with pictures of the art when available. The Blue Period period was a cultural awakening in the art world, so it's no surprise it produced some of the most historic paintings in the history of the world. The works of art listed below are some of the most popular Blue Period paintings, so most of the artist's names who created these works will be very recognizable. Renowned paintings from the Blue Period period are showcased in museums all around the world, so save yourself an expensive vacation by simply scrolling through this list.

List pieces include Self-Portrait, The Actor and many more.

This list answers the questions, “What are the most famous Blue Period paintings?” and “What are examples of Blue Period paintings?”
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  • Les Noces de Pierrette
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    Les Noces de Pierrette is a painting by the Spanish artist and sculptor, Pablo Picasso. Painted in 1905, during Picasso's Blue Period; a time when the artist faced poverty and depression following the suicide of his friend Carlos Casagemas in 1901....  more
    • Artist: Pablo Picasso
    • Art Form: Painting
    • Period / Movement: Picasso's Rose Period, Picasso's Blue Period
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  • The Old Guitarist
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    The Old Guitarist is an oil painting by Pablo Picasso created late 1903–early 1904. It depicts an old, blind, haggard man with threadbare clothing weakly hunched over his guitar, playing on the streets of Barcelona, Spain. It is currently on display in the Art Institute of Chicago. At the time of The Old Guitarist’s creation, Modernism, Impressionism, Post-Impressionism, and Symbolism had merged and created an overall movement called Expressionism which greatly influenced Picasso’s style. Furthermore, El Greco, Picasso’s poor standard of living and the suicide of a dear friend influenced Picasso’s style at the time which came to be known as his Blue Period. Several x-rays, infrared images...  more
    • Artist: Pablo Picasso
    • Art Form: Painting
    • Period / Movement: Picasso's Blue Period
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  • Femme aux Bras Croisés
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    Femme aux Bras Croisés, is a painting by Pablo Picasso done in 1902 during his Blue Period. The subject of the painting is unknown, but she may be an inmate of the Saint-Lazare hospital-prison in Paris. In her book Pablo Picasso, Antonina Vallentin devotes a great deal of time to writing about the haunting qualities of this painting. She describes her views of the subject as an inmate, who recently attempted suicide and now carries the blank but menacing stare of those unfortunates who found themselves at Saint-Lazare during the early 1900s....  more
    • Artist: Pablo Picasso
    • Genres (Art): Portrait
    • Art Form: Painting
    • Period / Movement: Picasso's Blue Period
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    The Blue Room

    The Blue Room is a 1901 painting by Pablo Picasso painted during his Blue Period. It was found to have a different painting hidden under it using X-ray technology....  more
    • Artist: Pablo Picasso
    • Art Form: Painting
    • Period / Movement: Picasso's Blue Period
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