IN A BLUE MOOD:I have been meaning to post this art work for the last couple of days but passed it up each time. So I figured that I would finally post and take an in-depth look at Pablo Picasso’s ‘The Blindman’s Meal’ from 1903. I have been getting into a lot of imagery from the turn of the 1900s, so it’s quite apt that I should choose to focus on this work. Taken from the artist’s ‘Blue Period’ it features a blind man reaching his elongated limbs across the table and using his right hand to touch a jug of wine and his left to hold a piece of bread. What endears me to this painting and what I imagine draws most viewers in is the sense of melancholy and despair. The sadness that saturates this painting is one that is conventionally attractive. There are highlights on parts of his face and hands which give the photo a lightness and contrast it from the sombre, dark backdrop. There is something more focused and restrained about this work compared with Picasso’s later cubist works, a riot of colour, sexuality and humour. Compared to them this is relatively austere, yet it is still endearing and oddly beautiful in all of its poignancy. Woe has rarely looked much better.