"GUERNICA'...CLICK FOR THE FULL SIZE IMAGE...
I have been watching a series on PBS called 'The Power of Art". It is very well hosted by a British fellow named Simon Schamas. He is very informative on the History of Art and Artists and each episode has been devoted to a single Artist. I have learned that to fully appreciate the Painting, it helps to know about the Artist and the circumstances surrounding its creation. At least it does foer me.
His very dry sense of humor has brought me to laugh aloud even while watching a show about Art.
I like that a lot.
One of the first ones that I saw was on Pablo Picasso. I have never cared for Picasso, but have a better appreciation for Pablo Picasso the Artist having watched the show.
What I want to tell you though is what I learned about Pablo Picasso the Man.
It seems his most famous Painting, called "Guernica" is a Mural depicting the 1937 Nazi bombing of a Bosque village in Spain. It is a Giant Mural done in Oil.
In 1941 the Gestapo raided Picasso's apartmernt in Paris. During the ransacking of the studio, a postcard size reproduction of the famous painting was found. A Nazi officer waved it threateningly under Pablo's nose demanding the Artist to tell him...
"Who did this?WHO...DID...THIS?"
I can imagine a certain Artistic serenity in the air as Picasso proudly, calmly answers....
A man that eloquent deserves my admiration.
It makes my chest swell up and I find that I am sitting a little straighter as I type this.
From Mr. Schamas:
"This is not a series about things that hang on walls; it is not about decor or prettiness," Schama says. "It is a series about the force, the need, the passion of art -- the power of art."
Speaking of Art, allow me to direct you to Gewels and her well crafted post today.