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Picasso's Boy with a Pipe and Meta-Expressionism 
Thursday, October 22, 2009, 04:45 PM - General
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In 1905, Picasso painted Boy with a Pipe. This painting is a pre-cursor to meta-expressionism. Picasso portrayed his subjects as iconic by eliminating the unessential qualities and elements and stylizing them to reveal the form of the object itself, as well as his own personal awareness. In meta-expressionism, reality is the manifestation of the artist's will, evident in the design of the pictorial components and a manifestation of personal awareness of the underlying patterns composing the natural world. Furthermore, the artist's expression of emotion or spirit is present in the work via use of color or some other pictorial means.

Picasso places the boy in simple solid blue attire and conveys the skin of his face and hands as smooth stone. The wreath of flowers on his head joins him to the background of patterned floral bouquets. Picasso tells us the sitter should be viewed as pure pattern or form, much like we would view the pattern of floral bouquets on wallpaper. Picasso is not denigrating the sitter by portraying him in this way; he is expanding our perception and asking us to consider him as a universal type.

The pipe which the boy holds in his left hand is an expression of spirit. The pipe is important to him. He holds it up for us to contemplate. We cannot know the significance of this object. It may not be for personal use; it may belong to someone close to him. In any circumstance, the pipe adds the dimension of emotional attachment.

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Picasso's The Old Guitarist 
Thursday, October 15, 2009, 08:04 AM - General
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Many thoughts come immediately to mind when viewing The Old Guitarist by Pablo Picasso: the color blue, aging, death, mourning, music, poverty, disability. In viewing the painting, my first emotion is sadness. Because I do not enjoy feeling sad and because dwelling on sadness can be destructive, I look for qualities in the work which move me beyond the sadness into a place of appreciation and encouragement.

While it is true the old man is blind and sits in the street wearing his torn garment, head bent, you can tell he is involved in the act of listening. He is listening to the music which he himself is creating. By his age, we can assume he has been playing for many years and is likely a very accomplished musician. A tune played on acoustic strings by a skilled musician is very sweet.

And while he is engaged in the music, we are engaged in enjoyment of the color blue, a color he cannot see. He is privileged to use his skill of musicianship. We are privileged to see him perform.

Sally Porter

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Spotlight on Ran Ortner - Simply Smashing 
Tuesday, October 13, 2009, 08:03 AM - General
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The only words to describe the wave paintings of Ran Ortner are "simply smashing". With his paintings, he brings the ocean indoors, translating the power and beauty of giant waves in turbulent glory across an expanse of canvas. His spiritual connection with the water is apparent in every work. You can enjoy his paintings at RanOrtner.com

Sally Porter

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Klimt's The Large Poplar (1903) 
Sunday, September 20, 2009, 07:48 PM - General
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Gustav Klimt is known for the patterns and remarkable color in his paintings, as well as his ability to paint the human figure in a transcendant universal way. His painting The Large Poplar (1903) does not have any of the brilliant color or any human figures, but here he paints a picture of the spirit world using nature as medium.

On the right side of the picture, the huge poplar tree rises up out of the land, the foliage looking like a gigantic cloud of swarming bees reaching to heaven. Above the lonely landscape, a grey sky of roiling clouds holds the misty white spirits. The one on the left is a ghostly vision of one of his models. The spectre of a male face with a mustache looms a third of the way down the picture next to the swarm of bees/leaves, and a skull is visible between the male and female spectres.

The spirit images emerging from the painter's psyche are the true coming storm in this painting.

Sally Porter

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Glass Facade by Paul Klee 
Wednesday, September 16, 2009, 11:25 AM - General
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Glass Facade was painted by Paul Klee in 1940. The spectacular color jumps out and grabs you. The piece simultaneously energizes and soothes, like a cup of outstanding herbal tea. The pure flat geometric shapes and black lines (mostly straight) make a statement of unmatched clarity. The colors are brilliant.

His title is misleading because there is no facade here, no fakery, no effort to distort, dilute or bury the visual message.

Sally Porter

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