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In his very early twenties, Picasso tinted his paintings a pale, cold blue. For three years (1901-4), he painted as if he were viewing the world through blue spectacles. No other artist had ever done this. Two questions arise. What effect did Picasso intend to achieve? And why did he do it? This painting, The Tragedy, is typical of the period.

"The Tragedy," Picasso, 1903

Why does the painting look so gloomy? The coloring has great effect. See how the mood of the painting eases if you remove the color, or recolor it different hues.

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