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Reply To: Artistic Origins, with Professor Andrew Gurevich




    Great MythBlast article and thumbnail photo Andy. The eye of providence takes on a humbling Hubble Cosmic perspective. Does put the earthrise photo in perspective. Yet The Laniakea supercluster dwarfs it and then there is that which dwarfs the Laniakea supercluster. Humans and their eyes that see …


    Love the Picasso

    “The 1968 series known as the ‘347 Suite’: named after the number of etchings in it and produced by Picasso, aged 86, in a remarkable burst of intense working. ‘I have less and less time,’ he told Françoise Gilot, ‘and yet I have more and more to say.’

    The images reveal, with some frankness, the erotic fantasies of an old man lacking the vigour of years past. The 347 Suite caused a scandal when exhibited at the Art Institute of Chicago: it was deemed pornographic and the exhibition was closed down.

    Showing zero diminution of his powers, Picasso worked on his final series, the ‘156 Suite’, after turning 90 — completing it in June 1972, less than a year before his death.”


    I was fascinated and haunted by Guernica when young having viewed it in a coffee table art book of my parents. Do you think Picasso’s cubism and James Joyce’s Coach with six insides informed and influenced each other ?


    Picasso, son oeuvre, et son Public, 1968

    Etching reminds me of Blake and Albrecht Dürer .


    For me the “paint like a child perspective” quote is meant to rhyme with “Isaac Newton Quote I do not know what I may appear to the world, but to myself I seem to have been only like a boy playing on the seashore, and diverting myself in now and then finding a smoother pebble or a prettier shell than ordinary, whilst the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me.” Picasso is an interesting pebble !!! along with Joyce , Newton and other artistic intellectual giants …


    “”A drawing of a tree shows not a tree, but a tree being looked at.”” I enjoy the contemplation of a tree. How looking through a window, walking outside , driving, and seeing a tree instantaneously triggers many associations, bringing me back to Eden’s Tree of Life, Tree of Knowledge, and all their prototypical antecedents in ancient literature, plus all the fractal pattern recognition a tree elicits. So many associations emerge in my mind creating new narratives from my memory.


    I enjoy trying to empathize with my children’s and grandchildren’s perspective full of youthful wonder and exuberance always keeping in mind this poem …