Blue Nude, 1902 by Pablo Picasso
Blue Nude is one of Pablo Picasso's early masterpieces. It was created in 1902 at a time when Pablo Picasso was still mourning over a friend's tragic death. It is one of Picasso's artworks during his blue period and has undoubtedly exemplified the kind of talent that he possessed as it highlights the deepest feelings while using only one color to effectively express it.
The seated model, crouched with her back to the viewer, recalls poses frequently adopted in life classes, a factor further emphasized by the high viewpoint, looking down upon the figure. The absence of any background detail and seemingly hastily executed wash of colour also recalls the numerous studies that were part and parcel of art training at the turn of the century. However, this back view was also widely adopted by Paul Gauguin in many of the paintings he executed in Tahiti. Here this posture serves to exclude the spectator from the scene, defining him or her as an outsider, situated beyond the margins of remote and exotic world of Gauguin. Picasso's adoption of a back view operates similarly to convey a sense of isolation and exclusion.
Blue Nude has perfectly made use of the exquisite blend of textures to make it One of Pablo Picasso's most sought after masterpieces. At a time when depression has swarmed Picasso, he was still able to use it to his advantage to come up with a piece that is still clamoured by many art aficionados at this time.