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    • FRANCE. Paris. Rue des Grands Augustins. Pablo PICASSO at his studio in front of La Cuisine. 1948.
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    In 1900 Pablo Picasso was astonished by the works of Impressionists he and another artist Carlos Casagemas saw at world’s fair in Paris. The death of Carlos, Picasso’s close friend, left a mournful imprint on his early work known as the Blue Period. His work at this time is awash with lugubrious scenes of human misery depicted in dark blue and green shades. The pale and elongated bodies of Picasso’s blind men and beggars evoke the style of Renaissance painter El Greco.
    Above: “Absinthe Drinker” (1901) is very characteristic of the Blue Period, as it vivifies a woman immersed in melancholic dreams drowsed by absinthe – a fetish of those times.

    On October 25 the world celebrates 133 years since the birth of Pablo Picasso – a Spanish painter, ceramicist, sculptor and stage designer, and ultimately a genius, whose fascinating mastery generated a new epoch in the global history of art.

    On October 25 the world celebrates 133 years since the birth of Pablo Picasso – a Spanish painter, ceramicist, sculptor and stage designer, and ultimately a genius, whose fascinating mastery generated a new epoch in the global history of art.

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