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Almost everybody knows Pablo Picasso. His name is respected and praised everywhere all over the world for his innovative and popular cubist movements. However, that’s not all there is to the man. Very few know about the Blue and Rose Period before Pablo Picasso’s signature cubist art.

"Woman With Crossed Arms" 1901

Picasso’s first main art movement was during the early 20th century called the Blue Period. As the name suggests, the Blue Period was marked by paintings that had a blue shade to them. The color blue has a sadness to its color and evokes a somber response. To add to the depressing color, the subjects of Picasso’s paintings were often of suffering mothers, beggars, and even prostitutes. Why were his paintings so solemn and sad? There are various reasons for this style but one major reason would be the suicide of his close friend Carlos Casagemas. Casagemas appears in many of Picasso’s paintings during this period. Another reason would be the fact that Picasso had been away from home for the first time in poor conditions during his late teens.

The next period of art in Picasso’s life is the Rose Period. As a contrast to the Blue Period, the Rose Period is marked with warm, rose colors. His paintings are much more cheery and optimistic. Picasso’s common subject is the circus and acrobats and clowns, which continued to be the subject of his paintings for the rest of his long art career. During this period, he was heavily influenced by Fernande Olivier, who he met in Paris in 1904. Picasso’s paintings reflect the warm relationship he had with Olivier as well as increased exposure to French artistic styles.

“Acrobat and Young Harlequin: (1905)

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