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Carnival

Pablo Journal
The Louvre Test

Joe
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1998, Year 1
No. 1a, Aug 11

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Dedication

After World War II, Picasso was asked to donate some works to French museums. As a compensation, he was granted a confrontation of some of his paintings to works of his colleagues in the Louvre, on a day closed to the public. Only very few persons were present. In a kind of ceremony, his works were hung side by side with other works of his choice. Rarely did someone speak. Afterwards, Picasso is to have said: "C'est la même chose!", i.e. it's the same thing: He and the other masters were doing the same, despite of different styles and attitudes. (As I recall the biographical notes of Françoise Gilot, then related with Picasso.) To me, this confrontation of works of different masters was a very interesting experience I would like to share with you. Hence this enterprise is dedicated to Pablo Picasso.

Preface

This series is not intended to be a university course. I am not an art scholar, I am just a painter and art lover only. As lover I will approach one of the works of art the heritage of all mankind has left us, one by one, week after week, as long as I can. I will keep my investigation personal and simple, meant to open your eyes to see for yourself. Words can be used as a means to that end, but it is rather the space between the words that does the work. A great master of the art of appreciation of art, Kurt Rossacher of Vienna, demanded to see with nose first, eyes, tongue, heart, and only at last with the brain.

Your appreciation will give me the power and strength to endure. It is for you and all the great masters that I do this work, and I hope you will enjoy it. So don't hesitate to send me your feedback in order to help me with that goal! This kind of journal is new to the net, so please tell me if the size is ok (images are great, but big!).

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Beckmann (1884-1950)
Carnival

Joe (1948-)
223

Beckmann, Carnival
Joe, 223
Location Size Date Scan

Kunstmuseum der Stadt, Duesseldorf

160*105.5 cm 63x41"

1925

Mark Harden

Location Size Date Scan

Private collection, Minden

100*80 cm 39x31"

1975-76

Werner Stürenburg

This painting is a self portrait of the artist with his second wife. The same year, he was divorced from his first wife, whom he left when joining WW I. This is one of many paintings showing two heads (see Theme Two). No personal hints are given.


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