Pablo Picasso finished this picture in 1901 during his second trip to Paris. At the time of writing, the artist was only 19 years old. It was a difficult time for the artist. Despite his young age, Picasso already knew the bitterness of loss. Shortly before this, he tragically lost his close friend, Carlos Casagemas. He was also an artist and committed suicide. Pablo was very upset by the death of a loved one. But on the other hand, it was this painful event that served as an impetus for a new round of the artist's work. Picasso is finally finding his own unique style. Prior to this, the artist studied with other masters and tried to imitate them.
Later, painting historians will call the time from 1901 to 1905 the “blue” period in the work of Pablo Picasso. And the painting “Woman with a Hairpiece” became one of the first truly original works of the master. In the center of the composition is the figure of a young woman. She sits, resting her elbows on the surface of the table. Anxiety and tension are visible in the pose of the model. The woman put her hands in front of her, and slightly extended her shoulders forward. It seems that she is trying to fence herself off, to defend herself. The eyes under the graceful semicircles of eyebrows are full of sadness and sadness. The corners of the lips are mournfully lowered. The face is beautiful, the lines of the cheekbones are clearly traced. But the face is devoid of symmetry, beveled, as if from some kind of mental pain and suffering.
There are no unnecessary details in the composition of the picture. The surface of the canvas is divided horizontally into three parts - a pale yellow table, the graphite surface of the sofa and the gray-blue space of the wall. The space in the background is limited by the picture, the edge of which is lost outside the artistic canvas.
The lines of the picture are mean, clear, smooth. The range is dominated by gray tones. Later, they will be replaced by a variety of shades of blue and blue, which will give the name to the entire creative period of Picasso. The only bright spot is the mustard-yellow blouse of a woman. But this color is not able to add a picture of light and love of life, it only contributes to the overall impression of anxiety and hopelessness that remains from the picture.