In the spring of 1904 Picasso moved to Paris and rented a studio in a strange building made of wood, on a hillside of Montmartre.
He fell in love with a model by the name of Fernande Olivier which moved in right away with him. Thanks to her, Picasso was able to overcome a critical period that he was going through, the “Blue Period”. In the “Blue Period” his work was about depicting themes of poverty, loneliness, and despair. She was the catalyst that help him begin a new period of his art: the so-called “Rose period”. The pink is a symbolic and kitch color. It determines sweetened atmospheres, a seemingly naive, childish feeling.
During the “Rose Period” his painting evolved towards forms that were more solid and concrete. Through the color reshaping exercise, the tragic component of the blue is dissolved in a more delicate and light melancholy.
Silvia di Paolo
(cover photo: Mathieu Bernard-Reymond)