Timothy Nguyen WP2 Research Proposal and 6 Annotations Statement of Interest: For my research topic, I am delving into the subject of Pablo Picasso’s blue period and cubist work and analyzing the psychological effects his work evokes. I primarily find this subject very intriguing because my minor is in the fine arts. I take pleasure in learning about the history of artists and the depth in their work because it gives me an opportunity to learn from their actions and processes. By analyzing Picasso’s motives and execution, I can gain a better understanding and appreciation of his work and genius. In the field of fine art, Picasso is painted to be a highly influential and groundbreaking figure. He was known to keep his work highly cryptic and open to interpretation, leading many historians and researchers down unique paths of interpretation. The subject of Picasso’s work is hotly debated and scrutinized. As a student and as a fine arts minor at St. Edward’s University I am expected to research and find a debate within an academic field before contributing my own thoughts to it. Personally, I feel like I can contribute to the conversation surrounding Picasso’s blue period work. I believe his blue period drew most of its inspiration from his surrounding influences, and he intended to reflect the human condition. I believe he wanted to evoke “blue” emotions with his images and illustrate hyperbolic images of despair and sadness. With these basic thoughts I hope to explore the deeper connotations of his work and contribute to a greater understanding and background of the man himself. Research Statement: Using databases and online library resources (journals, articles, books, etc.), I am investigating Pablo Picasso’s blue period and cubist work and the psychological and symbolic connotations that follow it. I am choosing this topic because I want to learn more about Picasso’s methodology used in his evocative blue period and cubist work so that I can contribute to historians and psychologists; this knowledge would be useful to historians and psychologists when researching the connections between the mind, art, and history. For example, if a psychologist wanted to research how grief affects art, they can look at analyses of Picasso’s work. Or, so that they can more accurately analyze the intricacies of Picasso’s work during a certain time period to draw historical conclusions from. Such as Picasso’s The Old Guitarist or Guernica , historians can analyze them and find details about the human condition from the depicted time. With this knowledge they can enrich their understanding in fields such as history, psychology, and medicine in relation to the humanities and the human psychological condition.
- Spring '12
- blue period, Ingo F. Pablo Picasso