Thursday, May 17, 2012

My Day with Picasso!

A work of art always surprises us;
it has worked its effect before we have
conscious of its presence.
            Sir Herbert Read

I am the luckiest Mom in the world. I was fortunate enough to spend Mother’s Day with my girls in Toronto. I love spending time with my girls and to be able to spend the whole weekend with them was fantastic. I do love spending time with them on the farm and I know My Hero would have loved that but circumstances found us in the city so we made the best of it.

I travelled to Toronto not really knowing what the girls had planned but it did not matter to me. I love the art and the culture this city has to offer and I knew it was going to be incredible just walking the streets and taking it all in. The girls decided they were going to take me for breakfast and then to the AGO, at this time I was jumping for joy with excitement. They went on to say there was a special Picasso exhibit and they wanted me to see it. I must admit I have never been a huge fan of Picasso but was excited to see his work. I had only seen his work in books and I have always thought that if you limit yourself to just books you will never really know if you love the work or not. You have to expose yourself to the real thing when possible.

As we walked down the stairs to the subway I was excited, the girls kept waiting for me as I was snapping photos, after all this was my day and they are used to my quirkiness. The subway car pulls up and it is the new one I was as excited as a kid. It was sleek and clean and I loved snapping photos of its shininess.
Walking to the AGO through the neighbourhoods of old mixed houses, combined with newer towering glass buildings has always slowed me down to take it all in. We approach the AGO and I still marvel at the architecture of this magnificent building no matter how many times I see it.

I was totally blown away by Picasso’s work. His use of colour and abstract excited me; I truly found my interest growing for an artist I had never really paid much attention to. His painted and bent sheet metal work, something I had never even heard of, was very interesting. He had this ability to see things in a very different way than any artist I have ever seen. I must admit I found his work fascinating. I had by this time lost the girls and was totally absorbed in an artist’s world I had never known.

I was not allowed to take photos and I did not as I am a rule follower, I am sure there are lots of photos online that I will be able to find. I loved The Farmers Wife (go figure) it was a very different piece then what I was expecting. A reclining farm wife a chicken and the rooster, very interesting indeed. There were quite a few Bronze works; my favourite I must say was Man with Sheep.

I found myself disturbed yet intrigued by an oil on plywood called Massacre in Korea, a piece that’s image will stay with me for a very long time, a haunting yet brilliant piece. It was a protest piece in 1951 and I am sure it created a lot of controversy, just what every artist wants. 

Not a Picasso!

I am so happy I went into this exhibit with an open mind, I was very surprised by Picasso’s work, and it proved to me that my preconceived notions about this artist were wrong. There is so much more to Picasso then the few pieces I had seen in books. I am now a fan of Picasso’s work.  I am also a big fan of my daughters who really know what I like. It was a fantastic Mother’s Day and I thank them.



  1. Your daughters really planned the perfect day for you. So glad you had fun!

  2. What a truly great day out B.
    In regard to Picasso, I have had the same attitude as you in the past, so was most interested in reading your thoughts about this artist.

  3. Wonderful to know you had a lovely Mother's Day with your two girls :)and a beaut gift! Take care my friend, M xoxox

  4. What a great visit you had.... Glad you enjoyed the exhibit, too. Love the photos.


  5. another wonderful gift to you by your girls. :)

  6. Sounds like you had a wonderful day! Love the trolley car in the streets! :)

  7. What an amazing opportunity! I'm glad you got to go!

  8. what a wonderful mother's day! i adore toronto and am jealous of your AGO outing! picasso's work was quite political. it's great you got to study it up close!

  9. I don't follow art, or artists. But I do like some art very much...I just can't talk about it unless I'm in front of it!

    I'm glad you enjoyed your day.

  10. Your daughters deserve a gold star. What a super way to treat you. Your trip to see the real thing must have been over-the-top-cool. Picasso in books is all I've see as well. I can imagine seeing the real work would be so much better.

    Your favorites make me smile. Good to know Mr. Picasso gave tribute to farmers.

  11. Always great to get out amongst civilization now and again. Sounds like a wonderful Mother's Day.

  12. what a perfect day...Picasso and daughters....

  13. How lucky you are. One to have such thoughtful daughters and two to get to see such artwork in person. I wish I could take my students to see such things. Thank you for sharing, as I have never been a Picaso fan. You have taught me to keep an open mind.


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