|Pablo Picasso / "Give me a museum and I'll fill it."|
"Give me a museum and I'll fill it," said Pablo Picasso, arguably the most compelling figure of 20th century modern art.
The Spanish artist wanted to become a painter and, instead, he became Picasso.
"Picasso: Masterpieces from the Musee National Picasso, Paris" is an exhibition of "Picasso's Picassos." An extraordinary group of 150 paintings, sculptures, drawings and prints are currently on display in a special exhibition at the de Young Fine Arts Museum in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park through Oct. 9.
|Portrait of Dora Maar|
(Oil on canvas, 1937)
Earlier this month, I took the opportunity to visit the de Young to gaze at the genius of Picasso and see for myself why looking at a painting by Picasso is like a form of magic.
Among the many memorable moments for me were: The Spanish Civil War and The Weeping Woman, Portrait of Dora Maar, Still Life with Pitcher and Apples, The Matador, and my favorite, Chat saisissant un oiseau (Cat Catching a Bird).
A Picasso quote that appeared overhead in one of the gallery rooms read: "Painting is just another way of keeping a diary." Another spelled out: "Painting is stronger than me. It makes me do what it wants."
|Picasso at the de Young / A fresh, revealing perspective|
Well, I am happy to say that I came away with a new, refreshing and revealing perspective of Picasso.
The man could paint.
"It took me four years to paint like Raphael but a lifetime to paint like a child," said Picasso.
And, little did I realize until that lively Friday evening, Picasso had a sense of humor, too.