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Pablo Picasso ~ Old Jew with a Boy (1903)


Pablo Picasso
Old Jew with a Boy (1903)
Oil on canvas
© Succession Picasso
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The Blue Period lasted between 1901 - 1905 (a long time in the phases of Picasso's career) and this is slam bang in the middle of it. Personally, it's my favourite period of the artist's mercurial career as its as soulful and beautifully melancholy as you will ever see on canvas anywhere. The cold, blue colour sets the framework for the disparate characters that populate the paintings: prostitutes, beggars and convicts. All share an awkwardness that only emphasizes the lack of any settled, respectable place in the world these people have.

The old Jew in the painting is a case in point. Blind, poverty stricken and a member of an outcast race, are traits with which , Picasso was obsessed with at the time. He knew too their suffering and with an artist's true romantic fashion conveyed it as few have. Hard to believe that Picasso ever suffered from dire poverty but this was the period in which he did so. The immortal was indeed mortal. For a time. But he emphathised with his subject matter as he too believed he was doomed to be rejected and despised.

Interestingly, his father's sight was deteriorating at the time and blindness plays a part in other paintings of the period. Could the two people in the picture be his father, Don Jose, and Picasso himself?...A more detailed description & text in the book: Life and Works of Picasso

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Pablo Picasso Important Paintings: Old Jew with a Boy (1903) >> 50 Most Representative Paintings ~ Index

Pablo Picasso Gallery: Paintings In Date Order >> (1893 - 1902) >> (1903 - 20) >> (1921 - 40) >> (1941 -73) >> 50 Most Representative Paintings

Pablo Picasso Texts: Biography >> Life Of Picasso >> Biog. II

Pablo Picasso Links: Picasso & Cocteau >> Le Testament d'Orphee >> Books >> Cards >> Prints >> Picasso Prints, Books and Dvds available @ amazon.com >> Search Site >> Picasso signed items, exhibition posters, ltd edn prints @ ebay.com (direct link to signed items) - just checked and a bigger selection than I have seen anywhere else

Highest & Essential Picasso Recommendations: Ikea Olunda Review/Image >> Buy >> The Dog Art Print Review/Image >> The Owl Print Review/Image >> Picasso The Camel Art Print Review/Image >> Picasso Femme Art Print Review/Image >> Picasso The Dance of Youth Art Print Review/Image >> Picasso Petite Fleurs Art Print Review/Image >> Picasso Sleeping Woman Art Print Review/Image >> Picasso Sleeping Art Print Review/Image >> Picasso Drawing Art Print Review/Image >> Picasso Dove of Peace Art Print Review/Image >> Picasso Dove of Peace II Art Print Review/Image >> Picasso Don Quixote, c.1955 Art Print Review/Image >> Picasso Trois Danseuses, c.1924 Art Print Review/Image

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