Am I Blue?

Am I Blue?

Growing up, I mostly heard about how weird Picasso’s paintings were. Someone would show me a picture of a bunch of shapes and colors, and then tell me it was a person. Or a building. Or whatever. It didn’t make sense to me. Paintings should just look like the thing, with a frame and matboard if you liked.

As I got older, I began to understand and appreciate the ideas behind Cubism more, and I may talk about that at some point. I also learned that Picasso didn’t just paint “weird shapes and colors,” but that he had many other works as well. I heard a lot about his Blue Period and decided to look into it a little more.

A painting from Picasso's blue period, ready for a matboard

The above piece is titled “Casagemas in His Coffin,” is usually considered the first work of the Blue Period. Picasso was going through a dark time in his life, partly caused by the suicide of the friend depicted in his painting above. His work reflected his mood, as is the case with artists. The most obvious effect is the use of blue, almost to the exclusion of other colors.

Picasso's tragedy, a somber classic painting that would look great in a matboard and frame

Yet we can see from pieces like “The Tragedy” that it was not just about using this color. The subjects of his paintings became more somber as well. He often painted beggars and other solitary figures during this time, such as the “Old Man with the Guitar,” and “Melancholy Woman,” below, but even family paintings do not offer much in the way of hope.

Another great Picasso painting

For those of us in the modern day, it is an interesting time to study. In addition to seeing how Picasso’s style changed and grew during this period, we also get a small glimpse into a places and times not usually shown by the artists of their day.

Those of us in the modern day can also easily look at the totality of Picasso’s work, and decide how to display it. With our new Multi-Opening Frames, you could show your favorite of his pieces side by side. Would you want two from the Blue Period? Or maybe offer contrast by displaying one of these next to his Cubist work? The choice is yours!

Recommended Reading

Beautify Your Mats with Unique Openings. 7 Custom Corners Now Available!

Custom Opening Shapes Available In addition to oval opening matboards, we’ve added unique corners including Diamond, Rounded, Angled, Step and Circle corners. Explore all our new custom mat board openings now.

read more »
The Photo Contest Returns!

The Photo Contest Returns! After a brief hiatus for the New Year, our month photo contest is back! We have two winners this time, one for each month.   This month, the winners are htegan with a colorful and beautiful wall display, and emm_squared with a unique and fun piece of Harry Potter artwork.  PRIZES The …

read more »
Spring is in the Air

Spring is in the Air Spring is right around the corner, and that means one thing. Well, it means a lot of things, but we’re only going to talk about one of them today: spring sports. It’s almost time to shake off the frost, recover from our Superbowl hangovers, and get ready for baseball, and …

read more »
V-Grooves Now Available

V-Grooves Available for Custom Matting V-Grooves are a shallow cut across the mat which exposes the core color of the top mat. V-Grooves can be cream, white or black depending on the mat core color. Your matboards will have extra flair and style that will make uniquely display your art.   Add a V-Groove with just 1 click …

read more »
Abraham Lincoln, Now in Color!

Abraham Lincoln, Now in Color! As a history lover, there is something magical about seeing old photos sharpened and colorized. While the originals should of course be shown and preserved, these touches can make older footage for intimate and relatable to modern audiences. I decided to look at a few colorized photos of one of …

read more »
Let It Snow, Let It Snow

Let It Snow, Let It Snow It’s been a long, cold few weeks for a lot of us. Cold weather and ice can be a big pain or worse for sure. However, it can also be beautiful and fun. We always try to focus on the beautiful things in the world at Matboard and More …

read more »
Paris in Paint, Paris on Film

Paris in Paint, Paris on Film While we can mat and frame a lot of different things, photos and paintings are the most common things to put in a frame, so deal with them a lot. And on this rainy Friday, it gave me an idea- let’s take a look at the same place thorugh …

read more »
A Little Bit About William Johnson

A Little Bit About William Johnson Today, we’re going to take a look at William Johnson. He was an artist I was not very familiar with, but had seen some of his pieces from to time. I enjoy his style, so decided to have a closer look at some of his pieces. But before I …

read more »
A Little Bit About Jacob Lawrence

A Little Bit About Jacob Lawrence I had seen a few of Jacob Lawrence’s pieces from time to time, though I had never known his name. I was recently able to put a name to the pieces I had seen, and decided to read a little more about him and his style. It is a …

read more »
Items per page:
9
1 - 9 of 135