From 1901 through early 1904, Picasso used the color blue almost
exclusively in many of his paintings. Because of this, critics
refer to this period of time as Picasso's Blue period. Even though
Picasso still used blue tones here, you'll notice that he also used
several other colors, including subtle greens and hints of rose.
What other colors do you see in this painting?
Because Picasso uses a more complex assortment of colors here, this
painting is considered a transitional work -- showing the direction
in which Picasso was moving artistically. It bridges between the
time when Picasso created works such as Tragedy (his Blue
Period) and the time when Family of Saltimbanques was painted (his
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