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Pablo Picasso, "Chanel in blue" - The Blue Period (Spanish: Período Azul) is a term used to define the works produced by Spanish painter Pablo Picasso between 1901 and 1904 when he painted essentially monochromatic paintings in shades of blue and blue-green, only occasionally warmed by other colors. These somber works, inspired by Spain and painted in Barcelona and Paris, are now some of his most popular works, although he had difficulty selling them at the time.


Sometimes the Spirit Touches Us Through Our Weaknesses. - James Christensen The Latin "post nubila phoebus," translates as “after clouds, sun” which is something like our saying “every cloud has a silver lining.” The iconic Christensen hunchback-as-Everyman is somber and a bit troubled. “The hump represents his troubles,” says Christensen, “and we all have them, but there is a little light at the place where the angel spirit’s finger touches the hump. I wanted to show how we grow from…

from The New Yorker

Cover Story: “Shadow Over Boston”

Shadow Over Boston, The New Yorker (April 29, 2013) / by Eric Drooker


Picasso's Blue Period | search of redemption, his friend Cassagamos suicidal, Picasso taking over his identity, devastated; descent into Schizophrenia, after 3 years 'he is paining his way out of the trauma'