Musing Over “The Three Musicians” by Pablo Picasso

The Three Musicians by Pablo Picasso, 1921

I look at this work, The Three Musicians by Pablo Picasso, and I just can’t help but wonder… who are these folks?

Given the grandiose of the painting (it’s about 6 x 7 meters!) and its roots in art history, a certain power radiates from it. The significance and potential for meaning oozes from every color. So…

I can’t help but draw a connection between these three figures and the more religious Three Wise Men.  In the painting, the figure on the right dressed in black looks hooded.

Thousands of years separate the two groups, as well as countless changes in history and culture.

Perhaps, The Three Musicians extend the story of the Three Wise Men by introducing a new dimension: music. I am sure some people will see the connection here and agree with it (even Jimi Hendrix is quoted saying “Music is my religion”).

I look at this painting and wonder, who are these people? And, what is their wisdom like?


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