Pablo Picasso Painting, Valued at $70 Million, Is Damaged Before Sale – The New York Times

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“If you gods can give all things, may I have as my wife, I pray… one like the ivory maiden.” Picasso and the myth of Pygmalion

At the Picasso exhibition yesterday, there were a series of paintings that the catalogue mentioned as being like the myth of Pygmalion, where Picasso gradually brought Marie-Thérèse to life in art from sculpture to real woman. The mythical story goes like this: The Story of Pygmalion and Galatea Pygmalion was a sculptor par excellence, a … Continue reading “If you gods can give all things, may I have as my wife, I pray… one like the ivory maiden.” Picasso and the myth of Pygmalion

Picasso 1932 at Tate Modern

Love the fact I am a Tate Member so I can rock up and slip straight into something as deliciously sensuous and seductive as the new Picasso exhibition, Picasso 1932:Love Fame Tragedy. With works specifically from a tumultuous year in the life of the artist, you cannot fail to be stopped in your tracks by … Continue reading Picasso 1932 at Tate Modern

Banning artworks such as Hylas and the Nymphs is a long, slippery slope | Letters | Art and design | The Guardian

Banning artworks such as Hylas and the nymphs is a long slippery slope Here are the reader responses to the removal of Waterhouse's Hylas and the Nymphs by Manchester Art Gallery. In case you missed the story: Manchester art gallery removes Waterhouse naked nymphs painting to prompt conversation Why have mildly erotic nymphs been removed … Continue reading Banning artworks such as Hylas and the Nymphs is a long, slippery slope | Letters | Art and design | The Guardian

Pablo’s Ceramics

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2016/sep/15/richard-attenborough-pablo-picasso-ceramics-sale-auction The New Walk Gallery in Leicester is worth a visit for its wonderful German Expressionist collection, but it also holds over 100 ceramics, designed by Picasso and donated by their collector, Lord Attenborough. Now Lord Attenborough's son is putting up part of the family's collection for sale and there are some beautiful pieces here … Continue reading Pablo’s Ceramics

Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice

Rather than do the traditional sightseeing in Venice, I made a beeline for the Peggy Guggenheim Collection and how happy I am with that decision. http://www.guggenheim-venice.it/inglese/default.html Here are some of my favourite pieces: Max Ernst Picasso - On the Beach Giacometti -Piazza and Woman Walking Miro    

Picasso in Vegas Pt 2

There I was watching the fabulous Alastair Sooke going through 'The World's Most Expensive Paintings' and when he gets to the top three, there he is sitting in a restaurant with two still life Picassos behind him: He was at the 2 Michelin star restaurant, Picasso, in The Bellagio in Las Vegas. Almost fell off … Continue reading Picasso in Vegas Pt 2

Picasso in Vegas Pt 1

Most people travel to Vegas to gamble, party and generally misbehave. However, for the purposes of art, I went to see a few works by PP as well as doing the proverbial! And here it is, in the lovely Bellagio Hotel. There are two parts to this post because, not only did I visit an … Continue reading Picasso in Vegas Pt 1

The most expensive painting in the world…

I watched this BBC documentary by the lovely Alaistair Sooke from 2011 yesterday: The World's Most Expensive Paintings The most expensive painting at the time was the glorious Nude, Green Leaves and Bust by Picasso which I got to see back in April at Tate Modern. But since this documentary was made, the market has … Continue reading The most expensive painting in the world…

Las Meninas

At Museu Picasso, I walked in on this wonderful canvas of Las Meninas.  Hadn't seen it before and was fascinated by Picasso's obsession with the original by Velazquez. Picasso, over a matter of a few months, recreating, reinterpreted and examined every aspect of the original painting. All 58 canvases are at the museum and they … Continue reading Las Meninas

Picasso and Dali at Museu Picasso, Barcelona

Am sitting in the bar of my hotel (get her) and pondering on what I saw today.   The Museum is one of the loveliest buildings I have been to...and I've been to a few!  The exhibition was beautifully curated with comparison pieces throughout. My notebook is full of information and if I translated that … Continue reading Picasso and Dali at Museu Picasso, Barcelona

Countdown to Picasso and Dali in Barcelona 4 

Sitting at Frankfurt Airport with nothing to do, thank goodness for free wifi and this Wall Street Journal review of the Picasso-Dali exhibition when it was in St Petersburg:  http://www.wsj.com/articles/a-relationship-fraught-and-fruitful-on-picasso-dali-dali-picasso-at-the-dali-museum-1419982238