The Old Guitarist (1903) by Pablo Picasso

The Old Guitarist - Pablo Picasso - 1903

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TitleThe Old Guitarist
ArtistPablo Picasso
MediumOil on Canvas
Dimensions121.3 x 82.5 cm
Art MovementExpressionism
Current LocationArt Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL, US

About The Old Guitarist

“The Old Guitarist,” painted by Pablo Picasso in 1903, is a distinguished oil on canvas that represents the Expressionism art movement. Measuring 121.3 x 82.5 cm, this genre painting is part of the collection at the Art Institute of Chicago, located in Chicago, Illinois, United States.

The artwork features an emaciated old man who is engrossed in playing a guitar. The figure is painted in a monochromatic blue palette, which is indicative of Picasso’s Blue Period, characterized by somber tones and the exploration of themes such as poverty, loneliness, and despair. The guitarist’s body language suggests a sense of resignation or deep contemplation, with his head tilted downward towards his instrument and his eyes closed, perhaps lost in the music or in his own thoughts. His elongated limbs and the sharp angles of his posture convey a fragile and introspective condition, highlighting the emotional intensity and expression that Picasso masterfully infused into this work. The background is sparse and nondescript, which allows the viewer’s focus to remain on the solemn figure and the poignant mood that permeates this iconic piece of art.

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