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Picasso's Greatest Works from His Blue Period

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List of famous Blue Period artwork, listed alphabetically with photos when available. The Blue Period movement was an awakening in the world of art, producing new types of paintings and sculptures that the world had never seen before. This is a list of the most popular Blue Period art pieces, so art enthusiasts will likely recognize the names of the famous artists who created these pieces. These renowned pieces of Blue Period artwork are showcased in museums all over the world, so if you can't afford an expensive vacation then this list is a great substitute for seeing fine Blue Period art. In the chance that pictures of these historic Blue Period works of art aren't available, you can click on the name of the piece for more information.

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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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    Portrait of Suzanne Bloch

    Portrait of Suzanne Bloch is a painting executed by the Spanish artist Pablo Picasso in Paris in 1904, towards the end of his blue period. The subject, Suzanne Bloch, was a singer known for her Wagner interpretations, and the sister of the violinist Henri Bloch....  more
    • Artist: Pablo Picasso
    • Period / Movement: Picasso's Blue Period
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