Painting “Life”, Pablo Picasso, 1903

Painting “Life”, Pablo Picasso, 1903
Painting "Life", Pablo Picasso, 1903 - 1

  • Posted by Pablo Picasso
  • Museum: Museum of the Arts. Cleveland
  • Year: 1903

Overview of the painting :

Life is Pablo Picasso. 1903. Oil on canvas. 196.50×129.20

   The work is recognized as the masterpiece of the “blue period” of the artist’s work. Perhaps it is in this work that the entire aesthetic and ethical program of the author is clearly expressed. It is known that the artist himself did not like this picture, considering it imperfect.

   The plot of the work is complex and difficult to analyze. Most often, the work is interpreted very subjectively, projecting the artist’s biography data into an image.

   It is known that the suicide of an artist’s friend made a strong impression on the latter. The situation was complicated by the disorder and creative stagnation of the master.

   The whole plot can be divided into four independent parts. The author is trying to combine concepts such as birth and death, love and loneliness in one work. In addition to the complex plot, the author does not easily organize the work space itself. The three planes in which the plot of work exists anticipate the searches for cubism that the great master will be interested in very soon.

   The static and lifelessness of the figures, underlined in blue cold tone, is striking. The artist seems to depict the world of the dead, giving his work a controversial name to express his difficult attitude to the world around him.

   The atmosphere of eerie silence and staticity makes the audience survive the state of uncertainty and sorrow that made up the author’s attitude during the creation of the picture.