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Post #751 • March 13, 2006, 11:59 AM • 5 Comments


I'm staying here for now, but I'm poised to leave at any moment. My situation here is painful; I owe much to [Theo] Van Gogh and Vincent and despite some discord I can't bear a grudge against a good heart who is ill and suffers and wants to see me.

Excerpted from Martin Gaylord's The Yellow House: Van Gogh, Gauguin, and Nine Turbulent Weeks in Arles, to be published April 6. (AJ)



Marc Country

March 13, 2006, 5:18 PM

Françoise Gilot:
"Geneviève and I had been to the Spanish Pavilion to see Guernica, but we were not moved by it artistically - only as a political act."

Excerpted from Arianna Huffington's Picasso: Creator and Destroyer, published back in '89 (which I started reading a while back, but I'm only halfway done).



March 13, 2006, 6:42 PM

Good for them. It is not a very good painting.



March 13, 2006, 6:48 PM book club, anyone?



March 14, 2006, 9:26 AM

That Huffington book gets a little crazy towards the end. AF seems to have become best buds with one of Picasso's later ladyfriends and really takes sides. I liked to book otherwise...


Marc Country

March 15, 2006, 10:37 PM

Yeah Oldpro, I had a hunch you'd say that. I thought it was a good quote to point out that (as Françoise Gilot realized) its failings as art don't necessarily negate its value as a political statement, any more than it's value as a political statement automatically imbues it with some measure of success as an artwork.

Thanks for your review of the book, wwc. I'm definitely already aware of the 'author's voice', which often draws psycho-analytical conclusions about the subject. I'm finding it a good read though, but I've stalled on it since ending my vacation.



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