Patrick Higgins, Jr.

Picasso’s Guernica

In reflection on July 1, 2009 at 6:51 pm

I have been spending so much time with the art teachers in my district lately putting together their curriculum, and beyond the fact that my vocabulary is increasing exponentially (terms like gesso, tragacanth, brayer, and fresco are now commonplace for me), it’s been an incredible insight into a very different view of education.  They differentiate by default, and the rest of us struggle to change to it.

In many ways, I am beginning to see the realities of what people like Daniel Pink and Sir Ken Robinson keep talking about.  Art is essential to how we behave as citizens and as society.

So when Marcy Webb posted this the other day, I had to put it up here too.

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  1. Is this what Picasso “saw” in his mind as he worked? Or would this have killed Cubism if it were around 100 years ago when Picasso painted Les Demoiselles d’Avignon?

  2. This is one of my favourite works of all time, I saw the original a few years back at the Galeria Reina Sofia in Madrid and it affected me quite deeply. For me, it epitomises the tragedy and chaos caused by the Germans that fateful day in 1937.

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    • Glad I could share with you. The addition of the three-dimensional aspect of this video, music included, infused it with another element for me–one of increased detachment.

  3. Brad,

    Now you’ve piqued my interest in the history of this. That painting is so crucial to many that followed, including the Guernica piece. I’d love to get into some historical fiction, or even some non-fiction set in that time period when he painted Les Demoiselles d’Avignon.

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