Pablo Sings the Blues

Fred Klingelhofer's avatar Fred Klingelhofer

“Pablo Sings the Blues” is a 3D interpretation of Pablo Picasso’s [blue period] 1903/1904 painting “The Old Guitarist”. I’ve been drawn to this painting, in Chicago’s Museum of the Art Institute, since high school even though I couldn’t fully appreciate Picasso until I was in my 40s. The canvas’ edges confine the space of the guitarist in the painting. I used the figure’s torso and limbs to define the volume. The figure is abstracted much like the piece I exhibited in Art Prize 2010 “Sitting Woman in Red”. I resist making a realistic portrait so that any viewers can put themselves into the role of the sculpture. I also try to make the sculpture change from a sitting figure when viewed from a distance to a more abstract architectural structure when seen close by.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 3-D
  • Depth: 5
  • Medium: Steel reinforced cement
  • Width: 5
  • Year created: 0
  • Height: 6