Since the title evokes two famous artists, Pablo Picasso and Honoré Daumier, we would be disappointed if this story wasn't about art. Not to worry, the protagonist is an artist, art student, and art teacher. The story can even be looked at as a series of complicated pictures, ranging from funny to disturbing, from surreal, to unreal, and from beautiful to desperate. "De Daumier-Smith's Blue Period" also explores the way art can be a tool for dealing with grief. In this case, the grief has to do with the protagonist's loss of his mother when he is only nineteen years old. The story also looks at how art can be isolating when taken too seriously. Visual art is not the only kind going on here. Jean uses the art of story telling to create solutions to his problems, and the story constantly calls attention to itself as a story. "Blue Period" is a must read for artists of any kind.
Jean uses art as way to escape from his problems and reality.
"De Daumier Smith's Blue Period" argues that art can be used to cope with grief.