Thursday, March 19, 2015

Picasso, Malevich, Lion of Ninivé,

Dear Helene,

I feel great respect for Picasso and Malevich with my head, but I do not love them with my heart. Of course, this is entirely personal! We had a large Malevich and Russian avant-garde exposition in the Stedelijk Museum last year. I was surprised to see how Malevich has hurried through many directions apparently in great haste, only to find depth in his later abstract, angled work that has become so well-known and important. As if he knew were he was going and didn't want to spoil energy at intermediate steps. It may have been a distorted impression due to the selection, but I doubt it. In some of Picasso's work I see haste as well. Please forgive my candid opinion! Anyway, it can hardly be a sin to be a little bit in a hurry, if you cover so much distance!

That's good news, if the destroyed statues were plaster. Let's hope the originals are safe behind bars in London and Bagdad. I'd love to see them, one day.. in London maybe.. Especially the wounded lion.


Picasso, self portrait

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