There were not so many painters who were recognized by classics during the lifetime. In the XXth century, it was obviously Pablo Picasso.
Picasso originates from a city on the south of Spain – Malaga . The first lessons on art he got from his father – José Ruiz Blasco, who was a teacher of drawing. When Pablo was fourteen he entered the La Lonja Fine Arts School in Barcelona, however, after a little while, he left it because of disappointment in the routine academic educational system. Then he was studying in San Fernando Royal Academy of Fine Arts but left it too. The real school for him was the artistic Paris life where he came in 1900 for the first time. During that time, at the turn of the century, the new art originated.
The young artist created his own manner very soon. The period from 1900 to 1904 is called “blue” because of the color dominating in the Picasso pictures. During that time the painter often made the plot when the weak protected the weakest. In this special relationship, there were escape and hope, the only way to survive in the strange and enemy environment. “Lady Aberconway” was created in such manner.
The motives of Pablo Picasso paintings were unfamiliar for the French pictorial art that time, but they were common for the Spanish tradition. Loneliness and haplessness (“Breakfast of a Blind Man”, 1903; “Old Beggar with a Boy”, 1903; “Two figures”, 1904 etc.) don’t hide their humanness and viewers see it.
The expression in the “blue period” was showed using a line. Monochromoticism just put an emphasis on the strength of circumference. All the mentioned pictures and other Picasso’s works are available on the artists network in a good resolution.