In 1900 a 20-year-old Pablo Picasso came to Paris, the avant-garde art center of Europe. There he was surrounded by exciting artistic developments and began to break away from his traditional classic artistic training learned in his native Spain. Picasso’s ‘Blue Period’ is the period between 1901 and 1904, when he painted essentially monochromatic paintings in shades of blue and blue-green. These somber works were created at a time when Picasso had no fixed studio and little artistic success. His paintings, therefore reflected personal experiences of poverty and instability–depicting beggars, street urchins, the old and frail, and the blind. Join us as we explore this earliest period of Pablo Picasso’s creative journey, as well as the influences and cultural, emotional and artistic experiences that led to his choices of color.