On Tuesday, we took a look at Marie Curie’s work outfitting automobiles with medical x-ray imaging equipment for portable use during WWI. It was a situation that touched on feminism, battlefields, innovation, and, of course, medicine. Today, we have a story that is set within twenty years of Madam Curie’s work, but one that covers a different aspect of the medical field: mental health.

In its episode “Pablo Picasso: Suicide in Paris (A Blue Story)” the podcast Giants of History details the friendship between Pablo Picasso and Carlos Casagemas at the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th centuries. We’ve chosen it as a follow up to the article about Marie Curie because both include situations in which people peer beneath the surface of something to gain a greater understanding of it. (We’ll let you have a listen to the episode rather spoiling the details outright.)


Some other questions to consider:

What are our first considerations when we examine a piece of art? Style? Materials? Form?

What role does older art play in our society as opposed to recently created art?

Is knowing about an artist’s personal relationships essential/unimportant/insignificant to our own admiration of a piece of their work?


Image: “La Vie,” by Pablo Picasso, 1903, via Wikimedia Commons [Public Domain – US]


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