The Old Guitarist of Pablo Picasso is located at the Art Institute of Chicago and it was painted in 1903.
Picasso is influenced from the new movement of Expressionism and the suicide of his closed friend, Carlos Casagemas.
The work belongs to Picasso’s Blue Period and it represents an old, blind, poor beggar musician.
The characteristics of the Blue period, as the blue and greys colors and also the melancholy figures are clearly displayed to the present painting.
Moreover, the poverty and the deception that Picasso was experiencing at this period of his life are obviously expressed through the figure of the old man.
The theoreticians estimate that the Old Guitarist recalls the style of the 16th-century artist El Greco.