Dora Maar Photographs Picasso’s Guernica

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I have seen sketches and drawings leading up to and relating to Pablo Picasso’s giant Guernica painting, but I haven’t seen it photographed in stages. Henriette Theodora Marković, better known as Dora Maar captured the masterpiece from start to finish. I like how it evolves, even though it was a very planned painting, it still grew and changed as it progressed. Picasso thought of it as capturing the metamorphosis of a painting rather than simply recording the stages.Continue Reading

Fernando Botero’s Abu Ghraib Paintings

The painter of fat women has turned his focus to a more challenging subject recently. Fernando Botero is currently showing a series of works depicting the Abu Ghraib crimes at the Marlborough New York gallery. For those that can’t make it, there’s a small gallery of the works online here.Continue Reading

Guernica and Picasso

There’s an interesting article over at the New Yorker by Peter Schjeldahl about Picasso and his famous painting, Guernica.
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“Simply, no other work of a bloody century so successfully.. that is, to a lesser degree of failure.. apostrophizes the character of total war. If the emotionally devastating Goya and even the eerily detached Manet are far superior in conjuring lived horror, with flowing blood and choking gun smoke, it’s because they belonged to times when organized violence could still be convincingly registered in specific detail, at human scale, and painting had not yet lost its grip on external reality to photography and on historical fiction to the movies.” New YorkerContinue Reading