Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Pablo Picasso's Songe et Mensonge de Franco - Coda

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Images and sounds:
1. Guernica by Pablo Picasso, 1937; Guernica is a Basque town in Northern Spain that was bombed by the German Condor Legion (more than two thousand people died); according to Juan Antonio Ramírez the lamp at the center is another Surrealist "jeux de mots:" the Spanish word for "light bulb" is "bombilla" (little bomb; by August 6 and 9, 1945, in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the bombs were already the biggest, ever);
2., 3. Neoclassical comics by Picasso (1931, 1933);
4. the process was more important to Picasso than the final product; here's what he said (quoted in El "Guernica" de Picasso by Rudolf Arnheim, Gustavo Gili, 1976 [Genesis of a Painting: Picasso's Guernica, University of California Press, 1962]): 43: "A painting isn't planed in advance. While it's being done, it changes in the same way as our thoughts change."; in this film (part of Le Mystère Picasso - the Picasso mistery - by Henri-Georges Clouzot, 1956) we can see a flower bouquet transformed into a fish, the fish transformed into a chicken; and the whole with a fawn's face and human figures on top; it's a pity that this incredible innovator couldn't get rid of the single image (a western tradition since the Renaissance) juxtaposing images instead of superimposing them.

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