Sunday, May 22, 2011

Witty Picasso

In April I had a chance to see the huge Picasso retrospective at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond. There was a lot to look at--I avoided museum burnout by concentrating on the found object assemblages. There were only a dozen or so. We were lucky to have guest passes, so I didn't feel obliged to look 3x at everything to justify the high cost of admission.

There was a narrow room set up as a photo gallery. Unfortunately it was so crowded (on a Monday yet) that we didn't spend much time there, but seeing photos of old Pablo hanging around in his nautical t-shirt doing South of France things gave me a little boost.

 Here he is with his good friend Jean Cocteau. From left to right: Pablo Picasso, his son Paulo, Jean Cocteau, Georges Braque and Fran├žoise Gilot, in front of Picasso’s studio, Vallauris, 1953

The Picasso quotes scattered around the museum were a nice touch. Here are a few of my favorites---  

Give me a museum and I'll fill it.

My mother said to me, "If you become a soldier you'll be a general; if you become a monk you'll end up as the Pope." Instead, I became a painter and wound up as Picasso. 

When I haven't any blue I use red. 

It is a well-known fact that we see the faults in other's works more readily than we do in our own.

Unless your work gives you trouble, it is no good.   


  1. oh yes!

    I was lucky enough to catch this in Paris about 5 years back.
    I will always remember the bike seat assemblage. So unapologetic in it's creation.
    It's a total refiller of the inspiration well.

  2. Grrl + dog, I absolutely adore the bull head assemblage too! Thank you for stopping by.

  3. This looks looks it was a special outing for you.
    Pea green with envy--

  4. Yep, love that bulls head- amazingly simple and really just perfect.
    It can be a little overwhelming because he was so prolific. Lucky you.

  5. Rose and Don, I did luck out, being able to see this exhibit :-)