|VMFA Member Apres Picasso Exhibit, pastel 12x9|
Eleven rooms filled with pieces from the Musee National Picasso, Paris--almost overwhelming. I could have used a break half-way through--not allowed. Nothing compares to seeing paintings and sculpture in person; his joy in creating can almost be felt. He seemed to slop on the paint in some places and leave the canvas bare in others. I saw chubby hands, short legs, and long legs. He created paintings of sculptures and sculptures of paintings; I could not pick a favorite piece; "Woman Throwing a Rock" came close.
We had dinner at the Museum's Amuse restaurant and admired the setting--the chairs (Bertoia?), the lights (Nelson?), the shades on the windows, the tall wine glasses, and the round green flowers on each Saarinen? table. The pastel above is "after Picasso" and is not a self-portrait; I, of course, wore sensible walking shoes with socks! This was fun and I'd like to try the style again with acrylics or oil.
A quick tour of the museum revealed large works by Guston (loved it), Stella, Dine, Murray and Twombly. I'll definitely be returning; I regret that I missed the German Expressionist exhibit and the Chuck Close exhibit.
I was once very close to Picasso's signature. A friend who'd cleaned out his mother's garage gave me lots of books; among them, Picasso, the Early Years. Months later, I realized that I had one of 350 copies signed by the artist. I took a photo of my hand almost touching the signature; then I returned the book.