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The Art of JAMA
July 23/30, 2014

Woman With ChildPablo Picasso

JAMA. 2014;312(4):320-321. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.279629

We must learn to regard people less in the light of what they do or omit to do, and more in the light of what they suffer.1

Off and on in the early 1900s in the epic life of Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) he had the good fortune to be in Paris, but it was not the dynamic dancers and bon vivants of the Moulin Rouge (à la Toulouse-Lautrec) who were the focus of his work; it was instead the lives of denizens existing on the fringes of French society such as the destitute and prisoners, those with limited options in life. Picasso would feature many such subjects during what is designated as his Blue Period (1901-1904). He had experienced a personal loss with the death of his friend, and this era of his work was marked by paintings that contained cyanic tones that cast the subjects in a brooding bluish light.

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