The Old Guitarist

Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881-1973): The Old Guitarist, 1903 – Picasso was sympathetic to the plight of the downtrodden and painted many canvases depicting the miseries of the poor, the ill, and those cast out of society. He too knew what it was like to be impoverished, having been nearly penniless during all of 1902. The distorted style is reminiscent of the works of El Greco…This bent and sightless man holds close to him a large, round guitar. Its brown body represents the painting’s only shift in color. Both physically and symbolically, the instrument fills the space around the solitary figure, who seems oblivious to his blindness and poverty as he plays…

Pablo Picasso  The Old Guitarist

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