Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Picasso did have a heart! Read the new story about the Press and Picasso!

Reading David's Book
                                                                                                repost plus a NEW story..the press and Picasso!

David...Picasso’s man

David Douglas Duncan appeared for several hours on my show in Kansas City...mainly for two reasons:
    l. He’s from Kansas City
2. To plug his new picture book all about Picasso...who adopted Duncan as his favorite photographer when the Life Magazine reporter-photo guy knocked on his door on the French Rivera one day....asking if he could take some pictures.
Duncan spoke fervently about the man who became his mentor and friend and told one story which  I will attempt to retell here.  It may be in one of his books so you can check me on this.
Picasso had been working on charcoal sketches...a bunch of them and one night he left a half done sketch on an easel.
Duncan awoke the next morning and with camera at the ready went into the work area and he inadvertently knocked that half-done sketch off the easel and onto the floor...basically destroying the work.
Duncan was mortified.  What would the master say...how could he ever make it up to him...such a silly thing to happen.  Will he still allow me access here.
Then Picasso came walking in and David told him what happened...and waited for the reaction from this legend.
Picasso waved his hand all around at the sketches and paintings and said...”don’t worry about it...I’ve got a lot of these things!”
And that’s the only thing he ever said about the ruined sketch.

One of the five questions for Stan Major...from a friend...Tom Jicha 

A place I might like to live other than South Florida is... 
“The French Riviera. I've been lots of places in Europe and Asia but Cannes, Nice and Monte Carlo are tops (if you can afford them). I've enjoyed the Riviera four times. I could happily eat my last meal at one of Picasso's favorites, Colombe d 'Or, high atop St. Paul-de-Vence, north of Cannes.”

            PICASSO SAVES THE PRESS.....

    ....They tell this wonderful story about the press and Picasso.

    A bunch of press folks had been to Picasso’s home to interview him.  After the work was done some inquired of Picasso about a nice place for dinner.
He said there was only one place to eat in the neighborhood.....Colombe'd 'Or, high atop St. Paul-de-Vence, north of Cannes.  He drew them a map which showed the way.

    They invited Picasso to join them but he said he might be there in little while...he had some work to do.

    At the restaurant the press people ordered up and all said it was marvelous food and drink.

    Picasso had slipped in the back way and simply waved to them and took his usual seat near the kitchen.
    All was fine until they were presented with the check.
    What Picasso failed to tell them was this restaurant was a Five Star eatery and you paid the price for the enjoyment.

    Much searching for cash and credit cards ensued but the total could not be met. One of the reporters walked over to Picasso and told him the problem.  He laughed...and said..."did you all enjoy the food and wine."  The answer was of course, yes.
“Do you still have the map I made for you showing you how to get here?”
“Yes...of course”.
“Bring the map to me”

    They returned to the car and fetched the map  Picasso had made for them
      As they handed it to him he asked the restaurant owner to watch what the was about to do...as a witness.
    He took the map and began making small additions all over the paper. And at the bottom he signed in broad letters
    “Picasso” and the date.

    Here you give this to the owner standing right here..and that should take care of your bill AND tip!  He laughed again...the owner smiled and took the map gingerly and returned to the kitchen.

    And the huge food and wine bill was paid in full (and then some probably)

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