Peer Response 2 Please see attachment •Provide a substantive response to your classmate. Explain how their post has helped you better understand the relati
Peer Response 2 Please see attachment •Provide a substantive response to your classmate. Explain how their post has helped you better understand the relationship between art and identity and draw connections from their post to your thinking.
For this week I have decided to explore the work titled, Self Portrait. This oil on canvas was painted in Paris, France by Pablo Picasso. I selected this piece because I liked the at it looked. His face in the painting looks haunted and I would like to learn more about where it comes from and how it originated. The painting of Self Portrait marked the beginning of what he called his, ‘blue period’. The issues and events depicted here are more about the artist’s identity than about society. In 1901, Picasso was only 20 years old and he had just survived a very harsh winter. He depicts himself as older than he is and his face is very long and sad, making us feel he is struggling. He is conveying the message that he is a young struggling artist, however, this piece still tells us he is a talented artist. He says this all to us by his expert use of paint and the choices of cool colors he uses to reveal himself. He also painted himself in a tall coat like another artist to paint himself in somber moods. He used the technique of painting himself with a ghost-like face and hollow gaze to show his sense of self at this moment in time. Picasso also painted another Self Portrait in 1906 that had a much more up-beat tone, marking the beginning of his ‘rose period’.
Cotter, H. (2014, October 29). Self-portrait of Picasso and his lifetime of work; Paris museum reopens to tell complex story of artist’s multisided career. International New York Times.
Self portrait, 1901 by Picasso. Self Portrait, 1901 by Pablo Picasso. (n.d.). https://www.pablopicasso.org/self-portrait.jsp#prettyPhoto (Links to an external site.).