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And Then There's Picasso [Sep. 10th, 2016|10:52 am]
Tony Grist
Also at The Jerwood- currently- is a small selection of items from the Penrose family collection of Picassoiana. There are prints and ceramics and photos of the man himself by his dear friend Mrs Penrose aka Lee Miller. I found it hard- having looked at the Picassos- to take any further interest in the Jerwood's own collection of well-mannered 20th century British art. Normally I'm happy to give people like Edward Bawden and Christopher Wood my full attention but after Picasso- no- I had spots in front of my eyes from gazing at the sun.

Did you know Picasso visited the Penroses at their Sussex farm? Yes, he did.  Really. Picasso in Sussex- wheee! There's a pic by Lee Miller of him standing by a Sussex signpost just to drive the point home.

Incidentally the strictures about British art don't apply to Marcus Harvey. You can put him alongside Picasso and not think, "What the hell!". He may be doing Englishness but he's not provincial. There's an oomph to him. And as Phil King says of his use of collage and bricolage- "a deep understanding of what Picasso was actually up to shines through."
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From: cmcmck
2016-09-10 01:09 pm (UTC)
What I love about Picasso is that he had a real sense of humour! :o)
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2016-09-10 02:35 pm (UTC)
Yes, he did.

There's a photo in the exhibition of him dressed as a clown.
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From: cmcmck
2016-09-10 05:18 pm (UTC)
I particularly love his ceramics which always make me smile! :o)
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[User Picture]From: pondhopper
2016-09-10 02:55 pm (UTC)
We are planning a visit to the Picasso Museum in his native Malaga hopefully soon...it has been around 10 years already but we haven't gone and it's so close. So we must remedy that even though they say the collection there is not so great. But we have been to the Reina Sofia in Madrid several times and OH MY!

And his Guernica is there...reason enough to go to Madrid.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2016-09-10 03:11 pm (UTC)
I've been to Picasso Museum in Barcelona- which has a large collection of his juvenilia plus some terrific work from the 1950s.

Back in the early 70s- when he was still alive- I was passing through Avignon and happened upon a exhibition of all his work from the previous year. That was quite extraordinary.
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[User Picture]From: pondhopper
2016-09-10 09:12 pm (UTC)
Yes...we have been to the Picasso Museum in Barcelona also and it's quite good. I would like to visit the Dalí Museum in Figueres as well.
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