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"The Old Guitarist" by Pablo Picasso

Pablo Picasso.  The Old Guitarist, 1903-04.  The Helen Birch Bartlett Memorial Collection.  Courtesy of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Look at this!

Have you ever heard of Spanish artist Pablo Picasso? If so, then you know he is one of the most famous painters of the 20th century.  Picasso is well-known as one of the fathers of Cubism, an art style in which an object is painted using geometric shapes.  But before his Cubism period, he experienced a Blue Period between 1901 and 1904.

Picasso's Blue Period began when one of his closest friends died.  As a starving artist who was also grieving the loss of a friend, he expressed his sadness on the canvas by painting poor and downtrodden characters in shades of blue. 

The Old Guitarist is one of the most important paintings of Picasso's Blue Period.  It depicts a blind musician bent over his guitar.  He appears hungry, homeless, and hopelessly alone.  Notice how long and thin the guitarist is.  Notice that his clothing is tattered, his feet are bare, and his head is bent in exhaustion. And most importantly, notice how everything except the guitar is painted in shades of blue, even the man's skin.

Get creative!

Now write a poem about this blind musician.  It can be about how he feels.  It can be about his life and circumstances.  It can even be about the music he plays.

Write a poem about this art. Click here to write.

Poems

Title:

weird

Name:

amy

Hometown:

Age:

8

Title:

old man blus

Name:

nathan

Hometown:

waunakee

Age:

8

Title:

So Sad, So Sad

Name:

Nkenge

Hometown:

Baltimore

Age:

11

Title:

Death

Name:

Jack

Hometown:

Japan

Age:

14

Title:

Mr. Blittar and Hope

Name:

Jordan

Hometown:

Salisbury, NC

Age:

11

Title:

Art

Name:

Serena

Hometown:

Alamata

Age:

nine

Title:

The Sad Songs

Name:

Yazmine

Hometown:

GA

Age:

09

Title:

The Old Man

Name:

Jeremiah

Hometown:

New York

Age:

old men

Title:

Guitar

Name:

Christy

Hometown:

Orlando, FL

Age:

14

Title:

The Old Man

Name:

Pedro E.

Hometown:

New York

Age:

9

Title:

Sad Times

Name:

Angela

Hometown:

Catoosa

Age:

14

Title:

Cold Blue Town, Soft Warm Song

Name:

Jessica

Hometown:

Lapoint

Age:

12

Title:

The Sad and Happy

Name:

Jadelyn

Hometown:

Vermontville

Age:

10

Title:

Getting Down

Name:

Edward

Hometown:

St. Pete

Age:

-1

Title:

Blue Mood

Name:

Alondra

Hometown:

Detroit

Age:

11

Title:

The Sound of Music

Name:

Kristin

Hometown:

E-Town

Age:

12

Title:

Sad and Blue

Name:

Olivia

Hometown:

Yuma

Age:

8

Title:

Cold Strings, Warm Heart

Name:

Chantelle

Hometown:

Ghana

Age:

18

Title:

The Sadness of Life

Name:

Moody

Hometown:

Adelaide

Age:

10

Title:

The Happy Song

Name:

Kaelin

Hometown:

Marina del Rey, CA

Age:

13

Title:

Feeling Blue

Name:

Asia

Hometown:

St. Pete

Age:

09

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