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July 09, 2013


Beth, many thanks for posting these and reminding me of how much I love that fabulous series and how inspirational they are.The top drawing especially encapsulates the Picasso genius, wit, defiance and originality. Who else would have the supreme confidence and mischievousness to salute master draughtsman Ingres while at the same time declaring: 'Anything you can do I can do better, more revolutionary.' Picasso borrows, steals but never fawns or copies - he competes! The *culot* - French for nerve, chutzpah - to draw cartoony hands and feet (when he can draw as well as Ingres) and to invent a perspective that throws all the rules out the window yet still gives you the sensation of space..... fantastique!

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Who was Cassandra?

  • In the Iliad, she is described as the loveliest of the daughters of Priam (King of Troy), and gifted with prophecy. The god Apollo loved her, but she spurned him. As a punishment, he decreed that no one would ever believe her. So when she told her fellow Trojans that the Greeks were hiding inside the wooden horse...well, you know what happened.