Completed in 1903 at the height of Picasso’s Blue Period, “The Old Guitarist” features a man who appears skin and bones. Hunched with fatigue, his face is full of sorrow. And yet, he clings to his guitar as if for survival. At the height of vulnerability, weakness, and anguish, there is respite in creativity and the arts. Against a morose palette of the blues, the guitar stands out with warmth and welcoming – an escape from suffering. How do the arts act as an escape from you? When you experience times of illness, grief, or suffering, what do you cling to for warmth?
Brianna Curran, Laguna Niguel, California