My "discovery" of Pablo Diego José Francisco de Paula Juan Nepomuceno María de los Remedios Cipriano de la Santísima Trinidad Ruiz y Picasso, 25 October 1881 – 8 April 1973.
|Sarah at the entrance to the Picasso exhibition|
|Man with Guitar, 1911|
By the way, we both took the "audio tour" of the show and it was well worth it. I have managed to find a transcript online of the very same audio tour from when the exhibition appeared at the Seattle Art Museum in 2010. Here is a bit of what they had to say about Man with Guitar:
Instead of using diagonal facets, he’s using vertical planes. Suppose you...and...
took a realistic picture of the human body and everywhere there's a piece
of it, a pectoral muscle, an abdominal muscle, an arm, a shoulder. You
have a vertical plane.
And so you kind of dissolve the body and also the face away to this sort
of jungle-gym effect of overlapping planes, and then Picasso sticks in a
few things you can see. There's a moustache, there's the tuning pegs on
the guitar. There's the sound hole. So there's just barely enough details
to make out what it's a picture of. - Pepe Karmel, New York University
You might notice that the bottom of the painting is not finished, and there’s aWe really enjoyed the audio tour, in particular the observations of Chiyo Ishikawa of the Seattle Art Museum and the incomparable Chuck Close.
story behind that. This was one of 11 Cubist paintings commissioned by a
Brooklyn, NY critic and collector to fit specific spaces on his library walls. Picasso
didn’t have the specified long, narrow canvases, so he took an existing
painting...the top two thirds of Man with a Guitar...and sewed on a piece of
canvas at the bottom. But the commission fell through before he completed the
|Man with a Sheep, 1944, gifted to the town of Vallauris|
|Grey Day, Laurentians c.1928 A.Y. Jackson|
Before we left the AGO we took a quick look at the Iain Baxter& [sic] exhibition in the Contemporary Art section. Sarah is fond of his work and this is one of her favourite pieces, although you'd never know it from the expression on her face. I wish I had taken a second picture!
|Bagged Landscape with Water, 1966|
N.E. Baxter Thing Co., Iain Baxter&
Then it was off to the Grover on Kingston Road for some burgers 'n' pints and back home to watch some more of the Olympics. And, because there's never a bad time for a picture of Addie, here is our little darling hanging out with us, thrilled that we are all home together:
|The most relaxed cat I have ever "owned"|
And so we struck one more thing off of "Sarah's Staycation (erp) To-Do List". Up tomorrow: barbecue with friends we didn't get to camp with this year.