On October 25, 1881, artist Pablo Picasso was born in Spain. In honor of his birthday, we take a closer look at one of the Cleveland Museum of Art's most significant works by the artist, La Vie, on view now.
This unit plan focuses qualitative and quantitative research methods, data and uses as well as color theory, its history and its meaning in various cultural contexts.
Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881-1973)
oil on canvas, Framed - h:239.00 w:170.00 d:10.00 cm (h:94 1/16 w:66 7/8 d:3 7/8 inches)
Unframed - h:196.50 w:129.20 cm (h:77 5/16 w:50 13/16 inches). Gift of the Hanna Fund 1945.24
In 1901, depressed over the suicide of a close friend, Picasso launched into the melancholic paintings of his Blue Period (1901-4). Only 20 years old and desperately poor, he restricted his palette to cold colors suggestive of night, mystery, dreams, and death. His obsession with themes of human misery and social alienation reached its climax with this painting. The subject has been interpreted variously 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.