Pablo Picasso’s Blue Period lasted for about 3 years. During this time in his life he started his Blue Period following the death of one of his good friends and it ended up becoming one of the most well-known periods of his artistic career.
Ever since Picasso, anytime an artist decides to paint with blue as one of the primary colors in their paintings, the artist is generally labeled as “depressed” because some people think that blue equals depression or moodiness in artwork and this isn’t always true.
Ever since day #1 when I started creating artwork I’ve used the color blue in my work A LOT because, it’s just one of my favorite colors to incorporate into my work but that’s also led some people to wonder if like other artists I was maybe depressed when I used blue in my work and the answer is always NO.
Why It’s Not Cool To Label An Artists Work
One of the things that I like about Picasso’s work is that he didn’t stick with one particular style or theme for his artwork his entire life. His work was always changing. Picasso didn’t stay in his Blue Period forever, and he didn’t work as a cubist forever, he adapted and changed his style because he was always a trail blazer, even when he was in his 80’s and 90’s.
If an artist is always trying new things and changing their work they shouldn’t be labeled as depressed or any other term when it comes to the work that they produced during a period in their lives because, that period in their art career was probably due to what was happening around them, not necessarily due to their mental state.
Van Gogh Was The Perfect Example Of The “Crazy” Sane Artist
During his life, Vincent Van Gogh was labeled as “crazy” by everyone around because he had a chemical imbalance and when people looked at his commitment to art all they saw was a “mad man” instead of a guy who had a fabulous work ethic and commitment to his art that wouldn’t be fully understood for generations.
Sadly, if more people worked harder to understand Van Gogh during his lifetime and sought to help him, he may have lived another 20 years or more and created a wider body of artwork instead of being alienated by society and tragically killed at the age of 37.
I think Van Gogh’s artwork should be an example to art fans, patrons, historians and people who admire artwork everywhere that we should first seek to understand an artists work before labeling them as one thing or another.
As for me, I will keep painting with blue whenever I want because, it’s always been one of my favorite colors and I won’t let the perception of anyone stop me from using that color in my artwork.
What’s your favorite color? Have you ever been labeled in the past for using that color in your artwork, personal life, or home? Feel free to leave me a comment below.
P.S. – Here’s a clip from one of my favorite Doctor Who episodes featuring Van Gogh. 🙂