This particular color is effective in conveying a somber tone. The reason for picking blue, a depressing tone, was the suicide of Picassos' friend Casagemas. The blue period work is quite sentimental, but we must keep in mind that Picasso was still a teen, away from home for the first time, living in very poor conditions in Barcelona.
Why blue dominated Picassos paintings during this time period remains unexplained. Possible influences could be photographs with a blush tinge popular at the time, poetry that stressed the color of blue in its imagery, or the paintings of French artists such as Eugene Carriere or Claude Monlet who based many of their paintings on color. Another explanation is that Picasso found blue appropriate for his subject because it is a color associated with melancholy.
The painting of La Vie was painted in Barcelona. La Vie remains one of the key works in the prodigious out put of paintings, drawings, prints, sculpture, and pottery of his dominate visual artist of the twentieth century.
La Vie is set in an artist studio, containing vague suggestions of cloistered architecture. A nude woman clings to the male figure, dressed in only a white cloth, which points toward the heavily clothed woman holding a