Painting the Blue Period
Discover exciting, new insights into Picasso’s Blue Period through innovative technology that reveals the artist’s creative process.
This richly illustrated book, published to accompany a groundbreaking exhibition co-organized by the Art Gallery of Ontario and The Phillips Collection, reexamines Pablo Picasso’s famous Blue Period in paintings, works on paper, and sculpture. Relying on new information gleaned from technical studies performed on The Blue Room, La Miséreuse accroupie, and La Soupe, this multidisciplinary volume combines art history and advanced conservation science in order to show how the young Picasso fashioned a distinct style and a pronounced artistic identity as he adapted the artistic lessons of fin-de-siècle Paris to the social and political climate of an economically struggling Barcelona. Essays, an illustrated chronology and a summary of conservation findings contextualize Picasso’s experimental approach to painting during the Blue Period. A major contribution to the burgeoning field of technical art history, Picasso: Painting the Blue Period advances new scholarship on one of the most critical episodes of 20th-century modernism.
SUSAN BEHRENDS FRANK is Curator at The Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C.
KENNETH BRUMMEL is Associate Curator of Modern Art at the Art Gallery of Ontario.