Trivium Art HistoryPablo Picasso

La Vie

La Vie, 1903 — Pablo Picasso
239 cm170 cm

La Vie is an Expressionist, Oil on Canvas Painting created by Pablo Picasso in 1903. It lives at the Cleveland Museum of Art in the United States. The image is used according to Educational Fair Use. Source

In 1901, Picasso lost a close friend due to suicide. The artist launched into what famously became known as the Blue Period. Being only 20 years old and desperately poor, he restricted his paintings to cold colors and themes of human misery. This subject has been interpreted as an allegory of sacred and profane love, a symbolic representation of the cycle of life, and a working-class couple facing the hazards of real life.

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