Artists expressed SOLITUDE not LONELINESS

By- Samhitha Dulam

Just like many of us, I had experienced loneliness, but soon after, when I had gone through some portraits, I decided to have more solitude rather than isolation.

Well many of us might have thought that most of the artists had shown their pain and loneliness, but I would rather see it as solitude. And many of us might think there is no much difference, but actually, it does.

Yes! Just have a look at the below portrait by the great PABLO PICASSO


PABLO PICASSO’S “THE OLD GUITARIST” painting belongs to the artist famed “BLUE PERIOD”. It portrays an old, undernourished man wearing torn, threadbare clothing and playing the guitar on the streets of Barcelona.

In general, we do see the same and may think that he must be alone even in a crowded place. Yes, of course, he was alone. Still, he was so immersed in his own company that he hadn’t felt the pain of loneliness. Yet, rather than being DEPRESSED about being lonelyhe had CREATED pleasant music on the streets. Lost in his world, he was. 

Picasso used the blue shades to depict poverty, human misery and suffering and yet he showed us SOLITUDE. After all, as the master said: “Without great SOLITUDE, no serious work is POSSIBLE.”

Let’s have a look at one more masterpiece called AUTOMAT by EDWARD HOPPER.


Edward’s AUTOMAT(1927), is probably one of the most recognisable and shows much SOLITUDE.

In general, the word AUTOMAT defines self-service restaurants. This work shows the feeling of loneliness, darkness and isolation, yet she felt so protected. The colours used are mostly dark and dull shades (yellow, green, black). The faint yellow shows the fear. In contrast, green indicates emotional healing and safety. Though an empty chair shows loneliness, the black colour shows the power of being solitude that gives much positiveness rather than a negative depression feeling provided by isolation.

The art gives the impression of a woman who is isolated from others but not from her self thoughts. It’s like she is so involved in herself, that she just chooses to escape from society but not from herself.

For even better understanding, let me explain this artwork called SOLITUDE by DALER USMANOV(2015).


This piece of art is one of the most recognised in the world collection organised by LUCIANO BENETTON collection in Tajikistan. The best part of this painting is the way how Usmonov showed us the power of solitude through a young man sitting in a dark room, watching through the window where the light pro located and changes the entire mood. It can be seen that though the man is isolated from the rest of the world, he is just enjoying his own company. In contrast, the light falling through the window just shows us that always we could find hopepeace and mostly we can enlighten ourselves even in the darkest times. But only when we feel more solitude than loneliness.


All those artists gave us the portraits where we could find the loneliness and solitude. And yes it all depends on us to either take it as an example of SOLITUDE, start reflecting ourself and reach inner peace or take it as LONELINESS that only gives you a negative vibe that mostly kills a person just like illness.   

There is a lot of difference between solitude and loneliness, just like being with yourself and being left out from yourself! Yes, of course, we all do feel alone and leave out from the rest but remember to embrace the aloneness and realise that you are the one with the whole universe.

Come on, MAN!!!!

Be comfortable with yourself, find balance within you, become intimate with your own thoughts. You will feel so happy that you are not under someones’ demand and you are all by yourself. The so-called extroverts, who are primarily lost in social life and so-called introverts, who are so lost in their own world, ultimately need a little amount of solitude to find harmony.

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