Blue Room (Bath) - Pablo Picasso. 50.8 x 62 cm
The “Blue Room”, created during the period of Picasso’s work called the “Blue”, does not have such a dramatic pathetic characteristic of the rest of the master’s paintings during this difficult time for him. And although there are no blind people and beggars, the color of the canvas is striking in its coldness and detachment.
In a cramped room, executed in blue tones, in the very center a woman takes a bath. She bowed her head and it is impossible to accurately determine her exact age by a dry figure. Colored spots in the form of a bright striped bedspread, paintings on the wall, carpet, a bouquet of flowers on the table do not enliven the cold interior, they only aggravate it, emphasizing the ice color.
In the 50s of the last century, meticulous researchers drew attention to the nature, or rather the illogicality of the directions of the strokes on the canvas, suggesting that in this way Picasso sought to sketch something. Not so long ago, this conjecture was confirmed: before the blue room appeared, the canvas depicted a bearded man in a bow-tie. The x-ray allowed us to guess that it was none other than Mr. Vollard, a philanthropist and patron of artists who were joked about - not even the most beautiful woman was portrayed more often than Ambroise Vollard.
Today it is difficult to say why Picasso painted the portrait - maybe he foresaw that his best option was yet to come (recall the cubic portrait of Vollard), or maybe the blue room with the lonely girl in the center occupied all the thoughts of the master, forcing him to rewrite the canvas.