“Each second we live is a new and unique moment of the universe, a moment that will never be again. And what do we teach our children? We teach them that two and two make four, and that Paris is the capital of France. When will we also teach them what they are? We should say to each of them: Do you know what you are? You are a marvel. You are unique. In all the years that have passed, there has never been another child like you. Your legs, your arms, your clever fingers, the way you move. You may become a Shakespeare, a Michelangelo, a Beethoven. You have the capacity for anything. Yes, you are a marvel. And when you grow up, can you then harm another who is, like you, a marvel? You must work, we must all work, to make the world worthy of its children.” --Pablo PicassoToday I visited the National Gallery for Art Appreciation, and we got to see the exhibit Picasso: Challenging the Past.
It was absolutely marvelous. Picasso, in fact, was absolutely marvelous. The exhibit was organized into 6 or so rooms, each with 8 - 10 paintings centered around a common theme (portraits, still lives, nudes, etc.). The exhibit really showed the breadth of his skill as a painter, spanning his early years (while still a teen, even!) right up to his most-cubist elderly years, and focused mainly on how his work was influenced by the artists and styles of the past (hence the title).
You know what else was marvelous today? The weather.
I'll let you know how marvelous the weather and my weekend was when I get back from salsa dancing!