Ettinger, seeks to present an interpretation of his Cubist work. Published in 1996, he suggests Picasso wanted audiences to shape their interpretations of his art through their subconsciousness. He believes Picasso wanted his audience to deconstruct common pictorial images in favor of mental shapes and interpretations. In another medically oriented source the authors interpret Picasso’s use of blindness. "Representations of Blindness in Picasso's Blue Period," authored by James G. Ravin, MD and Jonathan Perkins, PhD, is a research article seeking to explore the connotations of Picasso’s use of blindness in his Blue Period. Published in 2004, the source concludes its findings with the belief that Picasso’s blindness motif carried a message of “looking deeper.” Not only was the motif used to illicit a psychological reaction, it was also related to the historical context surrounding Picasso’s time period. The historical aspect of the debate seeks to formulate an explanation by drawing connections to Picasso’s historical context. In Ingo F. Walther’s “Pablo Picasso, 1881-1973: genius of the century,” he seeks to write a biography over Picasso’s works. Published in 2006
and mostly citing quotes and interpretations, he suggests the prevalent imagery of death across all of Picasso’s works is due Casamegas’ death; Casamegas’ death is apparently what jumpstarted Picasso’s Blue Period and serves as a driving influence. Additionally, the source reflects on Picasso’s history and suggests he also wanted to depict the poor and sick. Lastly, there is a research article named "Picasso’s bodies: representations of modern society?” Authored by the late Anne Borsay, the article seeks to explain an approach to Picasso’s art that highly involves the historical context and societal influences during that time. Citing and analyzing three of Picasso’s works from different eras, the article is primarily informative. It uses Picasso’s history to formulate the interpretation of his work as reflections of 19 th century healthcare, social outcasts, and a diminishing commitment to objectivity in science. With its findings, the article hopes to better promote the Medical Humanities field. After establishing my secondary research and exploring the discourse surrounding my research question, I approached 5 students with questions to gather primary research. My primary goal was to connect uninformed impressions of Picasso’s art with the informed opinions I found in my secondary research. I believe it is important in the field of art to find uninfluenced opinions, as those opinions are the most objective and pure. The 5 interviewees had varying degrees of prior knowledge of Picasso and were consecutively approached in the Dujarie commons. The result was an interesting range of interpretations. I asked the 5 students, Elinor, Glenn, Kelly, Isis, and Isabelle, six questions upon seeing The Old Guitarist .
- Spring '12