A young Pablo Picasso was only 20-years old when the tragic loss of his friend resulted in an emotional outpouring that became his "Blue Nude," its simplistic beauty, early evidence of his virtuosity. This somber palette of blues and greens permeated his work from 1901-1904 and became know as his Blue Period.
Picasso (1881-1973), a Twentieth Century grand master who co-founded Cubism, produced such an exhaustive body of work in his lifetime-an estimated 20,000 paintings, prints, drawings, and sculptures-that art historians have divided it into separate stylistic periods. Hauntingly beautiful and exquisitely composed, works like "Blue Nude" are now among Picasso's best-selling pieces. Picasso's Blue Period is a testament to his gift for expressing complex emotions-and deeply stirring ours-with one simple shade.
"For a long time I limited myself to one color - as a form of discipline"
- Pablo Picasso