Blue room (Vannah), Pablo Picasso – analysis of the picture

Blue room (Vannah), Pablo Picasso – analysis of the picture
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  • Posted by Pablo Picasso
  • Museum: Philips Collection, Washington
  • Year: 1901

Overview of the painting :

Blue Room (Vannah) – Pablo Picasso. 1901. Oil on canvas. 50.8 x 62 cm

   The Blue Room, created during the period of Picasso’s work as called the Blue, does not have such a dramatic pathetics inherent in the rest of the master’s paintings at this difficult time for him. And although there are no blind and poor here, the color of the canvas is striking in its coldness and detachment.

   In a cramped room, made in blue, a woman takes a bath in the very center. She bowed her head and it is impossible to pinpoint her exact age by a dry figure. Color spots in the form of a bright blanket, paintings on the wall, carpet, bouquet of flowers on the table do not enliven the cold interior, but only exacerbate it, emphasizing the ice flavor.

   In the 50s of the last century, meticulous researchers drew attention to the nature, or rather the illogical nature of the directions of smears on the canvas, suggesting that in this way Picasso sought to paint something. Not so long ago, this hunch was confirmed: before the blue room appeared, the canvas depicted a bearded man in a butterfly. The X-ray image made it possible to speculate that it was none other than Mr. Wallar, the patron and patron saint of the artists, whom they joked about – not even the most beautiful woman was portrayed more often than Ambroise Wallard.

   Today it’s hard to say why Picasso painted a portrait – maybe he foresaw that his best option was yet to come (remember the cubic portrait of Wallard), or maybe a blue room with a lonely girl in the center took up all the thoughts of the master, forcing him to rewrite the canvas.