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.   

5 comments:

  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.

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

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

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  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.

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

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