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Old 01-17-2008, 05:31 PM   #41
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Don McLean did have at least one other hit: Vincent, ironically enough, a song about Vincent Van Gogh...
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Don McLean (and Picasso)

Didn't he write "And I Love You So", too, which was a hit in the U.S.? Not that I liked it when I was a kid but I appreciate the song better now.

I read that said song was nominated for the Grammy but "Killing Me Softly" won as best song in the same year (IIRC in 1971). Ironically, "Killing Me Softly" was written about Don McLean.

With only one humanities class required for a business degree, I only knew of Picasso's abstract art while going to school. I didn't learn until years later that he started with masterly-drawn representational stuff. I don't get abstract art most of the time so I guess I liked Picasso better when I found out he could actually draw and paint subjects that looked like the real things.
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Guernica is in my opinion the most powerful painting of the 20th century. It commemorates and gives human emotional outlet to the devastation of that day. It was the first instance of terror bombing of a civilian population. The bombing of Guernica was a trial run for Nazi air tactics during the larger war to come.

Guernica - bombing of Guernica

Picasso wanted it to go to Spain, when Spain had again achieved a republican government. MOMA wanted to hang on to it. I am very happy to have seen this magnificent work many times before it left. I hope to be fortunate enough to see it again.

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Guernica is in my opinion the most powerful painting of the 20th century. It commemorates and gives human emotional outlet to the devastation of that day.

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We studied Picasso's Guernica in a High School Humanities class. When they projected it on the screen, my reaction was along the lines of the OP - what is this messy scribble?

Then they explained what it represented, and I was in awe of the thing. It's an amazing and creative way to cram the confusion, devastation and emotion into 2 dimensional monochrome. I'm not even sure I could handle seeing it in person.

The musical parallel for me is Coltrane's 'A Love Supreme' - the real beauty and intensity of it just did not hit me until I understood what was behind the song.

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Guernica is in my opinion the most powerful painting of the 20th century. It commemorates and gives human emotional outlet to the devastation of that day. It was the first instance of terror bombing of a civilian population. The bombing of Guernica was a trial run for Nazi air tactics during the larger war to come.

Guernica - bombing of Guernica

Picasso wanted it to go to Spain, when Spain had again achieved a republican government. MOMA wanted to hang on to it. I am very happy to have seen this magnificent work many times before it left. I hope to be fortunate enough to see it again.

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I agree that it is the most powerful painting of the 20th century. I wish that I could have had the privilege of seeing the work in its full size real life splendor. It probably would bring me to my knees.
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