Thank you to Arlee Bird,
Alex J. Cavanaugh, and all the co-hosts
of the 2014 A to Z Challenge,
for your tremendous efforts
to 'make it happen' each year.
The theme of my 2014 A-to-Z Blog Challenge is BLUES, PUPUS, and REVIEWS.Tuesday & Friday - BLUES: Art, Movies, Music, and Police;
Thursday & Saturday - PUPUS: Hawaiian snacks to whet your appetite;
Monday & Wednesday - REVIEWS: mini-style book reviews
When I worked in the Chicago Loop, my interest in Picasso was fueled by a daily lunchtime rendezvous with Picasso’s unnamed sculpture. Donated to the city in 1967, it dominated the Civic Center (Daley Plaza).
I also spent an inordinate amount of time at the Art Institute of Chicago (now The Chicago Institute of Art) in Grant Park. Picasso’s most popular ‘Blue Period’ painting, THE OLD GUITARIST, was displayed prominently there. I purchased a poster of the piece, framed it, and hung it on my apartment wall. Years later, the poster still triggered images of the original painting’s genius brush strokes. Far from feeling blue, the obvious message of despair Picasso projected, I felt my spirits soar.
I especially like the elongated fingers of the old guitarist in the painting. They reflect the influence El Greco had on Picasso. His blue period, from 1901 through 1904, was dominated by themes of loneliness and poverty, possibly sparked by his friend’s suicide.
Some say it was not poverty that led Picasso to paint the impoverished outsiders of society: beggars, prostitutes, drunks, and outcasts, but that he painted them made him poor himself. If this is true, does it follow that subject matter also determines a writer’s spiritual wealth?