Pablo Picasso experimented with a wide range of styles and themes. The paintings reflect the trends of the time and convey personal situations and moods of the artist.
The works created in the period from 1901 to 1904, refer to the “blue period”. Pablo Picasso was in deep depression and created gloomy pictures of poor, sick, and expelled people. He created a lot of pictures on the theme of motherhood.
The picture was painted in 1901 with pastel. Monochrome picture painted in shades of blue. The picture evokes a feeling of sadness and despondency. It is permeated with the theme of loneliness, poverty and despair. The cold tones of the painting convey a feeling of melancholy. Mother and child are suffering people. They are sitting on the floor, against the background of blank blue wallpapers. Nevertheless, the mother pulls the child to her, as there is nothing more expensive in the world. She is the embodiment of love and compassion.
Perhaps the picture depicts the harsh realities of motherhood for a poor woman from the working class. Mom’s heart feels everything much deeper than we can imagine. Looking at the picture, one can imagine that this family is impoverished and helpless. Poverty brings both children and parents pain, unhappiness and suffering. But the mother still raises the child, and tries to do everything possible and impossible, so that he does not need anything. She wants to save her child from all misfortunes and troubles. And only a strong-willed person will be able to pass all these tests to the end.
The spatial structure is clearly defined. There are mostly curved lines. The coverlet and its folds, which mum and child were wrapped with, are especially clearly traced.
The work is one of the most touching paintings in the “blue period”. It carries a heavy emotional burden. The picture seems to be burdening, and the plot mentally puts pressure on the mind.