©Pablo Picasso - La Vie. Life 1903

Picasso Life 1903
La Vie. Life
1903 196x129cm oil/canvas
The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH, USA.

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From The Cleveland Museum of Art:
In 1901, depressed over the suicide of a close friend, Picasso launched into the melancholic paintings of his Blue Period (1901-4). Only 20 years old and desperately poor, he restricted his palette to cold colors suggestive of night, mystery, dreams, and death. His obsession with themes of human misery and social alienation reached its climax with this painting. The subject has been interpreted variously as an allegory of sacred and profane love, a symbolic representation of the cycle of life, and a working-class couple facing the hazards of real life.