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