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guernica

Picasso was a rather significant procrastinator when he started painting Guernica in 1937. It was commissioned for the World’s Fair (held that year in Paris), but started it like, three weeks before the exhibition was scheduled to open. Three weeks, Pablo!? OH MAN. All my greatest papers were always started the night before.

Things you might not know, but will be glad to when I tell ya:

  • Picasso included another version that had color (including a sad—yet probably captivating—red tear from the crying woman),
  • Germany’s recommendation of the piece was not positive (in fact, it was compared to work a four year old could accomplish),
  • Picasso doesn’t give a damn about interpreting the elements or composition.
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europe bridge

Caillebotte_OntheEuropeBridge.jpg

Move over, Rainy Day! There’s a new favorite Caillebotte in town.

On the Europe Bridge is from 1876, and was exhibited with the third Impressionist exhibition in the spring of 1877. Monet tag-teamed this train station theme and displayed seven of his Gare Saint-Lazare paintings. (FYI: The GSL is one of the busiest train stations in Paris.)

Lots of Salon critics and scholarship applaud Caillebotte’s attention to the geometrical aspects of the bridge. Even Emile Zola goes ahead and says,

“Caillebotte, a young painter who shows the greatest of courage and does not shrink from tackling modern subjects life-size.”

What’s funny is, when I read this quote, I can really only think of this:Caillebotte_BackstreetBoys.jpg

 

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hbd, oscar nitzchke!

pompidou

Thanks for giving us the architectural splendor that is the Pompidou.

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