BRONZE 14” x 7.25” x 5” | Edition of 25
Pablo Picasso produced The Old Guitarist, one of his most haunting images, while working in Barcelona. In the paintings of his Blue Period (1901–4)
You can sense the emotional and psychological theme of human misery and alienation, which are typically related to the Symbolist movement. To me this painting represents the timeless expression of human suffering, during the time Picasso painted this he understood what it felt like to be poor since nearly all of 1902 he was penniless.
My sculpture is called “Through Pablo’s Eyes’ because it is my interpretation of his painting which cut through my emotions the first time I ever saw it so many years ago.
The poet Wallace Stevens wrote a poem inspired by the piece called ‘The Man With the Blue Guitar’. Here is an excerpt:
The man bent over his guitar,
A shears man of sorts. The day was green.
They said, 'You have a blue guitar,
You do not play things as they are.'
The man replied, 'Things as they are
Are changed upon the blue guitar.'
And they said then, 'But play, you must,
A tune beyond us, yet ourselves,
A tune upon the blue guitar
Of things exactly as they are.'
I cannot bring a world quite round,
Although I patch it as I can.
I sing a hero's head, large eye
And bearded bronze, but not a man,
Although I patch him as I can
And reach through him almost to man.
If to serenade almost to man