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The Blind Man’s Meal

Artist: Pablo Picasso (Spanish, Malaga 1881–1973 Mougins, France )

Date: 1903

Medium: Oil on canvas

Dimensions: 37 1/2 x 37 1/4 in. (95.3 x 94.6 cm)

Classification: Paintings

Credit Line: Purchase, Mr. and Mrs. Ira Haupt Gift, 1950

Accession Number: 50.188

Rights and Reproduction: © 2016 Estate of Pablo Picasso / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York


This impressive painting is one of Picasso’s most stunnig and gripping  pictures .It belongs to  Blue Period of his life, it is so named for the blue coloration that penerated his work at the time (autumn 1901-mid-1904). Very often he detailed lonely people set against nearly empty backgrounds, the blue palette transmitting a mood of melancholy and desolation to images that suggest woes and sadness ,sarrow,dejection,misery, poverty, despondency, and despair. Most commonplace among his interest to depict  were the old, the destitute, the blind, the homeless, and the otherwise underprivileged castaways pushed around by the society
The Blind Man’s Meal, painted in Barcelona in the autumn of 1903, encapsulates the stylistic characteristics of Picasso’s Blue Period: rigorous drawing, simple hieratic compositions and forms, and of course, a blue tonality. The composition allows us to contamplate  a forlorn figure seated at a meticioulus  feast. In a letter, preserved in the Barnes Collection boasts to have aletter which Picasso elobarates the precise details in a description .This letter is a valuable asset of the collectiner in Philadelphia , Pennsylvania It reads as the following : “I am painting a blind man at the table. He holds some bread in his left hand and gropes with his right hand for a jug of wine.” An empty bowl and a white napkin are the companians of the still life on the table. The man’s kind of writhed scrawny shape, long thin emaciated hands, austere surroundings, and his blindness make his incarcerated condition all the more pathetic. His face and neck, hands, bread, and napkin are lit highly and this puts the blindman in relief against the plain background.

The painting is not simply a portrait of a blind man; it is also Picasso conveys his commentary and message on human suffering in general to those whose eyes can see while the eyes of souls are blind to this fact. The insufficient amount of  bread and wine recalls references to the evil greediness of the rich who are indifferent to the needy  and the principal missing staff in the texture of the society is the feeling for the others and a little bit of sacrifice from the earthly endevours ,this work also accentuate  his state of mind during the times  when he felt out stressed.

Pablo Picasso

Born in Málaga, Spain, in 1881, Pablo Picasso, became one of the greatest and most influential artists of the 20th century and the creator (with Georges Braque) of Cubism. A Spanish expatriate painter, sculptor, printmaker, ceramicist and stage designer, Picasso was considered radical in his work. After a long prolific career, he died on April 8, 1973, in Mougins, France. The enormous body of Picasso’s work remains, however, and the legend lives on—a tribute to the vitality of the “disquieting” Spaniard with the “sombrepiercing” eyes who superstitiously believed that work would keep him alive. For nearly 80 of his 91 years, Picasso devoted himself to an artistic production that contributed significantly to—and paralleled the entire development of—modern art in the 20th century.



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