Saturday, November 3, 2007

Picasso in Paris

One of the most gripping statements made by a great artist consisted of just three words -
During the occupation of Paris by the Nazis, Picasso resided there (the Nazis did not dare to touch the living legend), and on a particular day was posting some elements of his defining anti-Fascist Cubist masterpiece Guernica on a display board for reasons I do not know. Just then a Nazi officer strutted into the studio, approached Picasso, then looked at the items on the display surface and asked, "Did you do these?"
Looking squarely into the eyes of the Nazi soldier, Picasso replied "No - you did"
I cannot recall a statement more powerful.

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