Ernst Ludwig Kirchner (1880-1938), Violett House in Front of a Snowy Mountain, 1938, oil on canvas.
Edgar Degas (1834-1917), Die Körperpflege (Woman Having Her Hair Combed), 1885, pastel, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.
Pablo Picasso, La Mort de Casagemas (Death of Casagemas), 1901, oil on canvas.
Pablo Picasso, Casagemas in his Coffin, 1901, oil on canvas.
Aside: Picasso’s close friend, painter Carlos Casagemas, committed suicide in February of 1901. Death of Casagemas was painted shortly afterwards. Over the course of the following year, Picasso sank into a deep depression as a result of his friend’s death. Casagemas in his Coffin, painted later that year, is considered as the marker of the beginning of Picasso’s Blue Period. The other major factor influencing the Blue Period was Picasso’s recent journey through Spain; his subject matter largely consisted of prostitutes, beggars, drunkards, and the like.
Though Picasso stated, “I started painting in blue when I learned of Casagemas’s death,” this is not, chronologically speaking, strictly true. For several weeks afterwards, Picasso stayed in Casagemas’s studio, during which time he worked on paintings for a summer exhibition at Ambroise Vollard’s gallery. The works in this exhibit were (still) characterized by “a dazzling palette and exuberant subject matter”. Picasso’s mental state deteriorated over an extended period during the following year.
(Feel free to correct me if I make any mistakes in these. I am definitely not an authority on anything.)
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Parmigianino, Madonna and Child with Saints, c. 1527-1529, oil on panel.
Johannes Vermeer (1632-1675), The Astronomer, ca. 1688, oil on canvas, Louvre.
Otto Mueller, Landscape with Yellow Nudes, 1919, Museum of Modern Art, New York.
Alphonse Mucha, The Slavs in their Original Homeland, 1912, egg tempera on canvas.
Titian (1490-1576), The Rape of Europa, 1560-1562, oil on canvas, Isabella Steward Gardner Museum.