Thursday, November 02, 2006
Small is Big
The last time I went to the Museum of Modern Art, one painting seemed to stand out for me. It was teeny-tiny- measuring only 6 1/4"x 4 3/8"- but it simply glowed with color and feeling, dwarfing all of the large paintings around it. It's an oil on wood by Pablo Picasso done in 1921 - one of his best years in my opinion. He had a way of painting the human form that was so solid and peasant-like, almost sculptural. This painting was a magnet that pulled me in and held me there. Everyone wanted to stand in front of it and get personal with it. Small can be powerful.