Nothing like a nudge from a friend to remind you not to neglect your ‘gram 😉 lots of other expo posts are in the pipeline but I wanted to add one last post for the “Picasso.bleu et rose” exhibit at the Musée d’Orsay. I actually attended the show the same day as the Ford-Kavanaugh hearings and couldn’t help thinking about differing versions and interpretations of similar events in Picasso’s life and that of many of his friends. Picasso and women is a topic too long for one IG post but during my visit to the expo I was struck by his portrayals of his friend Carmes Casagemas, who is repeatedly described as a friend who committed suicide after a failed love affair. Although Picasso’s portrayals of Casagemas after his death in the monumental blue period piece “Life” and as a Van Gogh-style saint (scroll left) make him seem an Everyman or a martyr, Casagemas actually committed suicide after trying to shoot and kill a young woman who rebuffed him. An excerpt from a newspaper at the time gives a bit more detail but the fact that the legacy that apprises most vividly on is a flattering portrait of a this figure feels if not outright problematic, at least worthy of some criticism even if it’s over a century later.