Somber hues for somber times. Pablo Picasso´s blue period paintings are not merely melancholy but profoundly depressed. Filled with hollow-eyed, desperate people, these paintings tell the story of the artist´s illness, long before antidepressants.
Yves Klein, artist, publicity machine and entertainer, mixed his own super-bright ultramarine blue. He covered canvases, paper, sculptures and women (!) with it. One might wonder what he would have done with today’s social media channels.